Walmart Reaches $10 Million Settlement With Family of New Jersey Turnpike Crash Victim

April 2, 2015

Walmart has agreed to pay out a $10 million settlement to the children of James McNair, the comedian who died in the June 2014 New Jersey Turnpike crash that also seriously injured Tracy Morgan and two other people. McNair and Morgan were returning from a comedy show in Delaware when they were struck by a WalMart semi-truck driven by Kevin Roper. McNair died, and Morgan suffered serious injuries including a traumatic brain injury, a broken leg, and broken ribs. Roper was charged with vehicular homicide and assault. Tracy Morgan filed a suit against Walmart on July 10, 2014, alleging that Walmart either knew or should have known that Roper hadn’t slept for more than 24 hours, and that Roper’s sleep deprivation due to his schedule as a long-haul truck driver contributed to the accident. Since the accident, Morgan has required the use of a wheelchair and a cane and needs daily speech, cognitive, occupational, and physical therapies.