Kids of Tracy Morgan Friend Getting $10M From Walmart

Settlement is for death of James McNair in accident
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 21, 2015 10:02 AM CDT
Kids of Tracy Morgan Friend Getting $10M From Walmart
Denita and Jamel McNair, the children of James McNair.   (Seth Wenig)

The two children of comedian James McNair, who was killed in the New Jersey Turnpike crash that injured Tracy Morgan, are getting a $10 million settlement from Walmart. The $10 million figure for Jamel McNair, 26, and Denita McNair, 19, was disclosed in documents filed in Surrogate's Court in New York's Westchester County, where James McNair lived until the June 7 accident. A Walmart truck hit a limo van that was carrying him, Morgan, and others home from a show in Delaware. Morgan, a former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star, is still recuperating from a brain injury.

His attorney, Benedict Morelli, said yesterday that Morgan is not fully recovered but is "working very hard to get better, physically, emotionally and mentally." Morgan had hoped to attend the 40th anniversary show of SNL last month, Morelli said, but was not well enough. Morgan still hasn't seen a segment in which Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin paid tribute to him during the show. "I think it's going to take him a while before he's emotionally and mentally ready to watch that," the attorney said. "He knows about it. He said to me, 'I couldn't watch it, but one day I will.'" Morgan has sued Walmart as well. (More Walmart stories.)

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