The family of the comedian James McNair who was killed in a highway crash that injured fellow comic Tracy Morgan, have reached a $10 million out-of-court-settlement with Wal-Mart Stores Inc, according to court documents.
According to the NY Dailynews
The settlement for the June 7 crash last year was initially announced in January with terms of the agreement confidential. But recent documents filed in New York’s Westchester County revealed the amount of the award that would be spilt between his children, Danita, 19, and Jamel, 26.
“We are glad to have reached an agreement but we can’t discuss the terms and conditions of the settlement,” a spokesman for the company told Reuters. “We deeply regret the loss of Mr. McNair as a result of the accident.”
The court documents, first revealed by the news website DNAinfo.com, show that Wal-Mart and the comedian’s family wanted the sum to remain confidential because financial damage could result to Walmart, as well as concerns about the safety risk to McNair’s children.
The papers were filed so a judge could approve the accord.
McNair, 62, died after the limousine bus he was traveling in on the New Jersey Turnpike was rear-ended by a Wal-Mart truck when he was returning with Morgan and others from a comedy performance in Delaware.
“There is no value, no dollar amount, on my brother’s life at all,” CNN quoted McNair’s sister, Pamela, saying. “But in terms of finances, it will assist the family a great deal to continue living life.”
Good for the family, serves Walmart right! R.I.P. to Mr. McNair!