Tracy Morgan Crash Settlement: James McNair's Children Get $10 Million
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

According to reports, the children of James McNair, a comedian killed in the New Jersey Turnpike crash that injured entertainer Tracy Morgan, are getting a $10 million settlement from Walmart.

The New York Times reports that Jamel McNair, 26, and Denita McNair, 19, will get part of the funds via monthly sums that can increase— starting at $3,000—for the rest of their lives.

Morgan, of “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” fame, was seriously injured in June 2014 when the limo bus in which he was traveling collided with a Walmart truck, driven by Kevin Roper. The accident happened on the New Jersey Turnpike, killing McNair and injuring three other passengers. Morgan was hospitalized with broken ribs, a broken nose, a broken femur, and a broken leg. He and two others injured in the crash have also sued the big-box retailer.

Roper has been charged with death by auto and other offenses in New Jersey state court but has not been indicted, a spokesman for the Middlesex County, N.J., told reporters.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.