The comedian Tracy Morgan and two others injured in a fatal collision with a Wal-Mart Stores truck are suing the retail giant. The lawsuit accuses the company of negligence and reckless conduct for assigning the truck’s driver, Kevin Roper, to a Wal-Mart facility in Delaware, more than 700 miles from his home in Georgia. “Additionally, there were many Wal-Mart distribution facilities closer to Mr. Roper’s home—including at least nine in Georgia alone—which would have significantly reduced Mr. Roper’s commute to work,” the lawsuit says.
The June 7 accident killed James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, 62, and left Morgan, comedian Ardley Fuqua Jr., and Morgan’s assistant, Jeffrey Millea, with broken bones and other injuries. Millea’s wife, Krista, who was eight months pregnant at the time of the accident but was not in the limousine, also is a plaintiff in the suit. The group was returning to New York from a show in Delaware when they slowed down for construction on Interstate 95 near Cranbury Township, N.J., and were hit by the truck just before 1 a.m. The collision forced the limousine into six other vehicles.