Tracy Morgan is suing Wal-Mart after a late night car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike left him in critical condition last month. The comedian is currently rehabbing his injuries of a broken leg and ribs.
The accident occurred June 7 when Morgan’s limo bus was struck by Wal-Mart driver Kevin Roper, leaving four people injured and taking the life of fellow comedian Kevin McNair.
The complaint was filed in New Jersey on Thursday, July 10, and The Hollywood Reporter has obtained a copy. An excerpt claims that Morgan’s injuries were a direct result of Wal-Mart’s negligence.
“Wal-Mart was careless and negligent in the ownership and operation of its motor vehicle, which caused Mr. Morgan to suffer severe personal injuries,” the report reads. “As a direct and proximate result of said collision, Mr. Morgan was caused to sustain severe painful bodily injuries, including but not limited to multiple fractures which required multiple surgeries, extensive medical treatment and will require significant physical rehabilitation.”
The lawsuit also states that Wal-Mart should have known their driver was awake for more than 24 hours (a violation of New Jersey law) and that the 700-mile commute from Georgia to Delaware was unreasonable, alleging that he fell asleep at the wheel.
Roper has pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto. The lawsuit seeks a jury trial as well as punitive and compensatory damages.