Comedian Tracy Morgan is struggling to recover from a severe brain injury he endured a couple months back after the highway crash in New Jersey. His lawyer spoke out on Tuesday saying that it’s unknown whether he will be “the Tracy Morgan he once was.”
“When you have a traumatic brain injury it takes a very long time to find out how you’re going to do and how much you’re going to recover,” said Benedict Morelli, Morgan’s lawyer. “You just don’t know. So that’s where he is. 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.”
Morgan has been suffering his injury since being involved in a horrific highway incident on the New Jersey Turnpike, in which a Wal-Mart slammed into the back of the limo-van Morgan was riding in. With three people injured, Morgan not only lost his friend in the crash but suffered a traumatic brain injury plus a broken leg, ribs and nose. He spent several weeks in the hospital afterwards.
Five months later, the “Saturday Night Live” actor is still suffering complications from the accident and it’s unclear whether or not he will ever fully recover. Morgan is now suing the Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Store for punitive and compensatory damages. The truck driver, Kevin Roper, has already been charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto.
It hasn’t been decided whether Roper will face simultaneous charges with Morgan’s lawsuit on the table, but that will be resolved by next month. Meanwhile, Morgan’s career has already taken a hit. He was supposed to start filming for a new series with FX in August, however production has been put on hold due to his injury.