Children of comedian James McNair, who was killed in June 2014 collision, will receive increasing monthly payments for the rest of their lives
Walmart has agreed to pay out a $10 million settlement to the children of James McNair, who was killed in the New Jersey Turnpike crash last summer that seriously injured “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan in June 2014.
Though news that the retailer had settled with McNair’s family was reported earlier this year, the Associated Press reported the $10 million figure on Friday.
According to the AP, McNair’s children, 26-year-old Jamel and 19-year-old Denita, will put aside part of the settlement for increasing monthly payments, which will start at $3,000 and continue for the rest of their lives.
McNair was killed when a Walmart truck collided with the limo bus that was carrying him and Morgan, who were returning from a comedy show in Delaware.
Morgan has a separate lawsuit against Walmart. The driver of the truck, Kevin Roper, has repeatedly attempted to delay that case, arguing that details emerging from that case could adversely affect him in a criminal case that he’s facing.
A spokesman for Walmart told TheWrap in a statement that the company “cannot discuss the terms and conditions of the settlement, but we are glad to have reached an agreement.”
“We deeply regret the loss of Mr. McNair as a result of the accident. Walmart worked closely with his family to ensure their well-being,” the spokesman also said. “Walmart will continue to work to conclude all of the remaining issues and we’re committed to doing what’s right.”