Tracy Morgan's Accident Recap — Friend's Death, Coma, Conversation with God, and More
It’s been seven years since Tracy Morgan’s accident left him in critical condition with several broken bones. Although it was challenging, it positively changed the actor’s life.
On June 7, 2014, “Saturday Night Live” star Tracy Morgan and some of his friends and fellow comedians, including Harris Stanton, Ardie Fuqua, and Jimmy Mack, were in a Mercedes limo bus on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Unfortunately, Kevin Roper, the driver of a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer, didn’t notice either the warning signs of road works taking place or the slow-moving traffic on time.
TRACY MORGAN’S ACCIDENT DETAILS
To avoid hitting other cars, he swerved into Morgan’s limo and rear-ended it. The crash, which caused a chain reaction and got six vehicles involved, killed Jimmy Mack and sent Morgan, Stanton, and Fuqua to the hospital.
Morgan ended up with several broken bones, including his ribs and leg. He was in such a critical condition that he spent ten days in a coma and didn’t remember what happened after waking up.
The actor’s attorney said that Tracy Morgan’s car accident left him on the brink of death and with traumatic brain injury. Months following the crash, Morgan had memory issues, regular headaches, and nosebleeds.
After the accident, Walmart reached an agreement with Morgan and Jimmy Mack’s children. Apart from that, the circumstances of the crash were investigated by different authorities, including the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
RESULTS OF THE INVESTIGATION
In a nutshell, the NTSB found that Roper was reportedly driving 65 miles per hour in the 45-mile-per-hour zone and had not slept for 28 hours before the crash.
Roper eventually pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular homicide and four counts of third-degree aggravated assault. To avoid time in prison and a criminal record, Roper needed to carry out 300 hours of community service and complete other conditions.
The NTSB also found that Morgan and his friends could have minimized their injuries by wearing seat belts. Also, the limo should have had adjustable headrests.
[Morgan] went “to the other side” and talked to God.
TRACY MORGAN AFTER THE ACCIDENT
Fortunately, Tracy Morgan is doing okay nowadays – he even spoke about the accident in a Netflix special “Staying Alive.” The months following the accident were demanding, to say the least.
In an interview with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest, Morgan said his doctors told his wife he would be “a vegetable” if he didn’t wake up from his coma soon enough.
The comedian explained he was blind for a week after waking up from the coma. He was also depressed, but watching his daughter, Maven, taking her first steps while he was in a wheelchair motivated him to walk again. He added:
“Now, me and my daughter walk hand-in-hand for life because we learned how to walk at the same time. That’s magic.”
The “30 Rock” star admitted the accident changed his approach to life as he now is determined to focus only on the present and live his life “right.”
It also strengthened his relationship with God. Even though he was always a believer, all the things he went through brought him closer to Him spiritually.
Morgan even pointed out that he went “to the other side” and talked to God during his time in a coma. According to the actor, God told him his “room” in heaven was not ready, and He still needed Morgan to do something back on Earth.
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