Last year, the nation watched as one of its most beloved entertainers suffered an unimaginable tragedy. On June 7, 2014, a Wal-Mart owned freight truck driven by 35-year-old Kevin Roper slammed into a limo occupied by Tracy Morgan (“SNL,” “30 Rock”) and his friend, James McNair. The accident killed McNair and left Morgan in a coma, which he would eventually awaken from with severe, long-lasting injuries.

 

Reports indicated that Roper had gone at least 24 hours without sleep prior to the crash and was driving 65 MPH in a 45 MPH zone. Roper has been charged with vehicular homicide as a result of McNair’s death.

 

Since the incident, Wal-Mart has taken full responsibility for what unfolded that evening, legally settling undisclosed sums of money with the families of the victims. Morgan expressed his gratitude towards the retail giant in his recent heart-wrenching interview with Matt Lauer saying, “I’m happy Walmart stepped up to the plate in a tremendous way.”

 

 

He elaborated further:

“I’m just happy that they looked out for Jimmy Mac’s family. He can rest in peace now … in the beginning there was a misunderstanding but that got squared away. They came through in the clutch.”

 

This is the first time Morgan has spoken publicly since the accident; with the exception of some scars on his head and a cane to assist his walking, he seems physically on the mend. Emotionally, however, he still appears to have a long road to go towards recovery. Many times during the interview, he paused in an attempt to collect his emotions before moving forward.

 

Tracy Morgan in 30 Rock

Former “SNL” cast member Tracy Morgan opens up to the public regarding his friend’s accident in the summer of 2014. (reddit.com)

Morgan did not learn of McNair’s death until he awakened from his coma, at which point he made a concerted effort to re-watch footage from the accident and his friend’s funeral. As Morgan put it, “I had to pay my respects.”

 

Despite making progress, the comedian still has a long way to go. During the interview, he remarked that he still experiences headaches, nosebleeds, and memory loss from time to time. At this stage, he does not know when he will make his return to comedy, but wishes to do so when ready.

 

Do you think Wal-Mart did enough for the victims of this crash? Should Kevin Roper be held responsible for what occurred? Comment below or tweet @connerws to give us your take!