Five months after actor-comedian Tracy Morgan's limo bus was struck by a speeding Wal-Mart truck on the way back from a gig at a Delaware casino, we are learning more details about the devastating accident. Morgan is thought to be fortunate to have survived the accident that killed fellow comedian James McNair because he suffered a subdural hematoma, which kept him comatose with bleeding around his brain.
Morgan and three others have filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart, and attorneys for both sides met behind closed doors yesterday. Morgan's attorney, Benedict Morelli, gave the press an update on Morgan's condition and a realistic view of his prognosis.
"He's fighting to get better, and if there's a chance for him to be back to the Tracy Morgan he once was, he's going to try to do that. He's still fighting and trying to live his life at the same time and trying to get better, and he's just not better. We're hoping and praying to get him back to where he was. But the jury's out. He had a very, very bad brain injury. Let's assume for a moment that he can go back and do everything that he was able to do before. When is that going to be? A year from now? Two? Three? I don't know. Six months? I doubt it," said Morelli.
Morgan originally spent several weeks in the hospital before being moved to a rehab facility to get him moving again after suffering a broken leg and ribs. Wal-Mart driver Kevin Roper has officially been charged with four counts of assault and death by auto. He was reportedly driving 65 mph in a 45 mph zone filled with construction on the New Jersey Turnpike and also had been driving for 14 hours at the time of the crash.
The accident happend June 7, probably at the height of Morgan's successful career, which makes the reality of his condition even sadder. Morgan has obviously fought to get back onto his feet, but a brain injury is not something that you can always come back from.
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