Just shy of the one-year anniversary of the fatal wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed comedian “Jimmy Mack” and critically wounded Tracy Morgan, Ardie Fuqua and Morgan’s assistant, Walmart has completed out-of-court settlements with the trio of survivors.
Papers were filed in federal court, with terms of the settlements left confidential.
“Walmart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families,” Morgan said via a statement today. “I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably.”
Walmart U.S. president and CEO Greg Foran: “Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone that was involved in the accident. While we know there is nothing that can change what happened, Walmart has been committed to doing what’s right to help ensure the well-being of all of those who were impacted by the accident. We worked closely with Mr. Morelli (attorney for Morgan, Fuqua and Jeffrey Millea), and we are pleased to have reached an amicable settlement that ends this litigation. We are deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved.”
Morgan and Fuqua, meanwhile, haven’t been able to perform or work since, rehabbing privately.
Morgan also was set to star in his own FX Networks sitcom, which has been postponed until he recovers fully.
Walmart tractor-trailer driver Kevin Roper was not part of the settlement — he’s on trial separately for criminal charges of death by auto and assault by auto, and pleaded not guilty.