- Tracy Morgan's attorney Benedict Morelli appeared on "Today"
- Said Morgan is "fighting hard" though "still struggling" to recover
- Morelli intends to hold Walmart responsible for the deadly crash
Comedian Tracy Morgan is a man of many laughs, but his lawyer said this morning that despite Internet rumors, Morgan is "still struggling" and "fighting hard" two months after a car crash that left him in critical condition.
The "30 Rock" and former "Saturday Night Live" star was seriously injured in June after a Wal-Mart truck slammed into the limo occupied by Morgan and four others on the New Jersey Turnpike. The collision killed Morgan's long-time friend comedian James McNair and injured the other passengers. Morgan was hospitalized with broken ribs, a broken nose, a broken femur and a broken leg.
Morgan's attorney, Benedict Morelli, told NBC's "Today" show: "The interesting thing is that at the beginning the Internet was saying that he (Tracy Morgan) was dead. ... Then they said that they amputated his leg. Now it's out that he's doing great. None of those things are true or accurate."
Morelli added that if the case went to trial, he intended to show that it is the culture of Wal-Mart to have their drivers work over 14 hour shifts -- the legal limit for drivers.
Kevin Roper, the driver responsible for the crash, pleaded not guilty in June to criminal charges that include vehicular homicide and assault by auto.
In a statement, Wal-Mart said the crash had been a "terrible tragedy." They also told "Today" that they were "cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation." When Matt Lauer asked Morgan's attorney if there was a chance this could be settled before going to a court of law, Morelli responded "that's up to them."
Morelli also stated that he intends to make sure Wal-Mart takes "full responsibility."