When the limo van Tracy Morgan was riding in was slammed into by a Walmart truck in June, Tracy Morgan suffered a debilitating brain injury, along with numerous other physical injuries doctors now say. Last night, Tracy Morgan’s lawyer, Benedict Morellie, revealed that Morgan’s professional career is in serious jeopardy.
According to the New York Post, Morgan is undergoing rigorous rehab, including daily speech, cognitive, vocational and physical therapies. When Morellie was asked whether or not Morgan would ever perform again, his answer was grim.
“The jury’s still out. The doctors don’t know the answer. I don’t know the answer.”
The accident that put Tracy Morgan’s future in question happened on the New Jersey Turnpike in June. A Walmart semi truck reportedly slammed into a limousine van carrying Morgan, comedian Ardie Fuqua Jr., Jeffrey Millea, comic Harris Stanton, and James McNair – who performed as ‘Jimmy Mack’ and who was considered a mentor to Tracy Morgan. There were two other passengers in the limo-van, including the driver, but they were unhurt.
According to state police Sgt. 1st Class Greg Williams, the driver of the Walmart tractor-trailer rig, 35 year-old Kevin Roper, apparently failed to slow for traffic ahead and swerved to avoid a crash. Instead, the semi truck slammed into Tracy Morgan’s limo-van.
Jimmy Mack was pronounced dead at the scene. Morgan and Millea – both in critical condition – were flown to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. Ardie Fuqua Jr. was also in critical condition and Stanton was treated and released.
Morgan has now been working through months of rehab to try to regain not only some sense of his former physical prowess, but increased brain function as well.
In what might be the height of corporate chicanery, on Tuesday, Walmart faulted Morgan and the rest of the limo passengers in the crash for not wearing their seatbelts.
After hearing that, Tracy Morgan drafted a statement with help from his family and lawyers according to ABC.
“I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I’m fighting hard every day to get back.”
Tracy Morgan’s lawyer spoke out about Walmart’s claim as well.
“These people are despicable, They knew that they changed these people’s lives forever and killed somebody. They’re good blame shifters. I guess that’s how they make $783 billion a year, shifting the blame.”
Morgan has had to use a walker and a wheelchair since the crash in June. Doctors say it may be some time before they know if Tracy Morgan will ever regain full brain function again.
[Image via The New York Post]