Tracy Morgan settles suit with Wal-Mart over fatal crash

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Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Deadly Crash

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has settled his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured.

A filing in federal court in Newark on Wednesday refers to a confidential settlement reached by the two sides.

Morgan's lawyer didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment Wednesday.

Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. called it an "amicable settlement." Details weren't disclosed.

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Tracy Morgan settles suit with Wal-Mart over fatal crash
In this image from video the limousine bus carrying Tracy Morgan and six other people lies on it's side early Saturday morning June 7, 2014 on the New Jersey Turnpike. Morgan remained hospitalized as state and federal officials continued their investigation of the six-vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that took the life of a Morgan friend and left two others seriously injured, authorities say. (AP Photo/Will Vaultz Photography)
FILE - This April 28, 2012 file photo shows Tracy Morgan at The 2012 Comedy Awards in New York. Billboard announced Wednesday, April 17, 2013 that the 44-year-old will host the awards show on May 19, 2013 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
In this image from video the Wal-Mart truck involved in the crash of the limousine bus carrying Tracy Morgan and six other people is seen early Saturday morning June 7, 2014 on the New Jersey Turnpike at the accident scene. Morgan remained hospitalized as state and federal officials continued their investigation of the six-vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that took the life of a Morgan friend and left two others seriously injured, authorities say. Wal-Mart President Bill Simon said in a statement a Wal-Mart truck was involved and that the company "will take full responsibility" if authorities determine that its truck caused the accident. (AP Photo/Will Vaultz Photography)
Kevin Roper, center, arrives with his attorney David Jay Glassman, left, for a court appearance Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New Brunswick, N.J. Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the wake of a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday, June 7, 2014, that killed comedian James McNair and left actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and two others critically injured. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - JUNE 11: Kevin Roper arrives for a court appearance at Middlesex County Courthouse on June 11, 2014 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Roper is the Walmart truck driver accused of causing the accident that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan on Saturday, June 7. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Tracy Morgan speaks onstage at Spike TV's 'Don Rickles: One Night Only' on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Spike TV)
In this image from video the limousine bus carrying Tracy Morgan and six other people lies on it's side, left, as emergency responders work the accident scene early Saturday morning June 7, 2014 on the New Jersey Turnpike. Morgan remained hospitalized as state and federal officials continued their investigation of the six-vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that took the life of a Morgan friend and left two others seriously injured, authorities say. (AP Photo/Will Vaultz Photography)
Kevin Roper, second right, tries to walk past cameras blocking him as he arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New Brunswick, N.J. Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the wake of a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday, June 7, 2014, that killed comedian James McNair and left actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and two others critically injured. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Kevin Roper, walks past cameras blocking him as he arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New Brunswick, N.J. Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the wake of a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday, June 7, 2014, that killed comedian James McNair and left actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and two others critically injured. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
This photo provided by the New Jersey State Police shows Kevin Roper. Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the wake of a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday, June 7, 2014, that left actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and two others critically injured and another man dead. (AP Photo/New Jersey State Police)
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - JUNE 11: Kevin Roper arrives for a court appearance at Middlesex County Courthouse on June 11, 2014 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Roper is the Walmart truck driver accused of causing the accident that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan on Saturday, June 7. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - JUNE 11: Kevin Roper arrives for a court appearance at Middlesex County Courthouse on June 11, 2014 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Roper is the Walmart truck driver accused of causing the accident that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan on Saturday, June 7. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - JUNE 11: Kevin Roper arrives for a court appearance at Middlesex County Courthouse on June 11, 2014 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Roper is the Walmart truck driver accused of causing the accident that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan on Saturday, June 7. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - JUNE 11: Kevin Roper arrives for a court appearance at Middlesex County Courthouse on June 11, 2014 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Roper is the Walmart truck driver accused of causing the accident that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan on Saturday, June 7. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - JUNE 11: Kevin Roper arrives for a court appearance at Middlesex County Courthouse on June 11, 2014 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Roper is the Walmart truck driver accused of causing the accident that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan on Saturday, June 7. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - JUNE 11: Kevin Roper arrives for a court appearance at Middlesex County Courthouse on June 11, 2014 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Roper is the Walmart truck driver accused of causing the accident that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan on Saturday, June 7. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - JUNE 11: Kevin Roper arrives for a court appearance at Middlesex County Courthouse on June 11, 2014 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Roper is the Walmart truck driver accused of causing the accident that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan on Saturday, June 7. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - JUNE 11: Kevin Roper arrives for a court appearance at Middlesex County Courthouse on June 11, 2014 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Roper is the Walmart truck driver accused of causing the accident that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan on Saturday, June 7. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - JUNE 11: Kevin Roper arrives for a court appearance at Middlesex County Courthouse on June 11, 2014 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Roper is the Walmart truck driver accused of causing the accident that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan on Saturday, June 7. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - JUNE 11: Kevin Roper arrives for a court appearance at Middlesex County Courthouse on June 11, 2014 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Roper is the Walmart truck driver accused of causing the accident that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan on Saturday, June 7. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - JUNE 11: Kevin Roper arrives for a court appearance at Middlesex County Courthouse on June 11, 2014 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Roper is the Walmart truck driver accused of causing the accident that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan on Saturday, June 7. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - JUNE 11: Kevin Roper arrives for a court appearance at Middlesex County Courthouse on June 11, 2014 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Roper is the Walmart truck driver accused of causing the accident that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan on Saturday, June 7. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - JUNE 11: Kevin Roper arrives for a court appearance at Middlesex County Courthouse on June 11, 2014 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Roper is the Walmart truck driver accused of causing the accident that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan on Saturday, June 7. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
Traffic moves pass the scene of a serious accident at milepost 71 on the northbound lanes of New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday, June 7, 2014 near Cranbury, N.J. Comedian Tracy Morgan is in critical condition following an early morning accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. The comedian was injured in a crash involving six vehicles that left at least one person dead and several others, including Morgan, with serious injuries. (AP Photo/David Gard)
This Friday, April 21, 2013 image released by South Beach Comedy Festival shows comedian Tracy Morgan performing during the 8th Annual South Beach Comedy Festival in Miami Beach, Fla. The comedy festival runs through April 21. (AP Photo/South Beach Comedy Festival 2013, Mitchell Zachs)
Host Tracy Morgan speaks on stage at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Wal-Mart truck slammed into the back of a limo van carrying Morgan and the others back from a show in Delaware last June. Comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair was killed. Morgan suffered head trauma, a broken leg and broken ribs.

Wal-Mart reached a settlement with McNair's two children in January. McNair, of Peekskill, New York, grew up with Morgan in New York City and was a friend and mentor to him over the years.

Wal-Mart had said earlier this year it was working toward settlements with the victims of the crash.

"We know there is nothing we can do to change what happened to Mr. McNair," company spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said in January. "We're committed to doing what's right."

The truck driver, Kevin Roper, of Jonesboro, Georgia, faces several criminal charges, including death by auto, in state court. He has pleaded not guilty. He wasn't a defendant in Morgan's federal lawsuit.

Morgan, who starred on "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock," suffered what his lawyer, Benedict Morelli, has referred to as a traumatic brain injury. Morelli said in March that Morgan wasn't fully recovered but was "working very hard to get better, physically, emotionally and mentally."

Morgan had hoped to attend the 40th anniversary show of "Saturday Night Live" in February but was unable to.

Limo van passengers Ardley Fuqua, of Jersey City, New Jersey, and Jeffrey Millea, of Shelton, Connecticut, also suffered serious injuries in the June crash and were plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Wal-Mart.

According to the criminal complaint, Roper was operating the truck without having slept for more than 24 hours.

A preliminary investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board estimated that Roper was driving 65 mph in the minute before he slammed into Morgan's limo van on the New Jersey Turnpike. The speed limit on that stretch of the turnpike is 55 mph and was lowered to 45 mph that night because of construction.

Authorities said Roper apparently failed to slow for traffic ahead and then swerved to avoid a crash but instead his big rig smashed into the back of Morgan's limo.

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