Walmart is blaming Tracey Morgan for an accident that their driver caused
|Walmart is blaming Tracey Morgan for an accident |
that their driver caused
"I can't believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused," the former "Saturday Night Live" star said in a statement.
Police say that a truck driven by Walmart employee Kevin Roper in the early morning hours of June 7 collided with the rear of a limo bus that was carrying Morgan and four others on the New Jersey Turnpike.
A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board said that Roper was traveling 20 mph over the speed limit and that he was almost at his drive time limit.
he wreck left Morgan, 45, with broken ribs, a broken nose and a broken leg. Morgan's friend, comedian James McNair, was killed, and two others were injured.
Roper pleaded not guilty in June to criminal charges that include vehicular homicide and assault by auto.
In July, Morgan filed suit against the big box chain, saying the company was negligent for not knowing that Roper had been awake for more than 24 hours at the time of the accident.
|"I can't believe Walmart is blaming me|
The chain also noted the possibility that the injuries "may have been caused by third parties over whom Walmart had no control."
On Tuesday, Walmart issued a more conciliatory statement that downplayed Monday's filing.
While we were required to respond to the lawsuit, we have also taken steps to encourage settlement discussions. Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone involved, and we remain committed to doing what's right."
Morgan -- who has not specified the amount of damages he's seeking -- also had a message for his fans.
"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."