On June 7, comedian Tracy Morgan was in a deadly accident when a Walmart tractor-trailer truck slammed into his limousine on the New Jersey Turnpike killing one man, injuring Tracy and two others.
It was amazing they weren’t all killed.
I hate reading the papers or listening to the news. Between Israel, perished firemen and their orphaned offspring, Global Warming and the new 9/11 Museum that sounds to me like a theme park, I’m better off with a book.
I was looking something up online when suddenly Tracy Morgan flashed on my screen with the headline: Tracy Morgan Seeks Retribution.
According to Webster’s...it’s punishment that is considered to be morally right and fully deserved. In other words, getting even.
This made me take pause.
Tracy filed a suit against Walmart that doesn’t really disturb me to be quite frank, but it’s the driver who fell asleep at the wheel I’m thinking about.
Kevin Roper had been on the job about 13 1/2 hours at the time of the crash. Federal rules permit truck drivers to work up to 14 hours a day, with a maximum of 11 hours behind the wheel.
This exhausted man had no business being on the road, but I can’t help feeling sorry for him since he has the blood of comedian James McNair on his hands for all eternity.
Morgan’s seeking punitive damages, a nice way of saying money, for what happened.
See, if it were me and I survived something so horrendous, I’d be kissing the ground. I’d be writing checks to charity especially if I had the cash to do so. I’d be in a cloud of grace you could see from here to heaven with a stop at Walmart headquarters in Bentonville Arkansas asking them to take better care of their workers.
But of course, this isn’t about me. It’s about a man who lost his good friend along with having to heal physically and emotionally from such an appalling event.
However, retribution in dollars and cents won’t bring his friend back.
Gratitude, for being spared, is the order of the day. How about a Public Service Announcement, or a fund raiser for the fellow’s family who must be heartbroken.
Let’s try to get that 13 1/2 hour rule lessened so these hard working men wouldn’t put themselves and others in such peril.
I don’t feel we have the right credentials to punish even though he’s after a huge chain and not any one person, except maybe Roper who may never get another job after pleading not guilty to vehicular homicide.
Put that on your resume.
I’m not a flaming Christian by any means, but I do feel God has it covered.
As you probably can surmise, I’m against the death penalty for this reason. Taking another life isn’t going to bring another one back, and yeah I know…but our taxes will keep that mother fucker alive in jail for years to come. I remember having this discussion over mussels and fries with a man I thought I had a future with.
It brings to mind the Kennedys when the death penalty was sought for Sirhan Sirhan in 1968 for taking the life of Robert Kennedy. As the family spokesman, Teddy came forth and said,”My brother would never want a life taken, even if it was the one who took his own,” reducing Sirhan’s sentence to life imprisonment.
When Bill Cosby’s only son, Ennis, in 1997 was murdered changing a tire on a Los Angeles freeway, he too was against killing the man responsible.
It’s mighty impressive to forgive, though I’ll admit…not easy…but these two examples I would hope might influence Tracy to try.
Mr. Morgan is a very talented man, another grace bestowed, who will make more money than he’ll probably ever need without siring a lawsuit involving a soul who made a mistake.
I know his friend died, but what I also know is, Tracy lived.
Maybe Mr. Cosby should give him a call…