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Tracy Morgan is still fighting to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago, and it's uncertain if he will be "the Tracy Morgan he once was," his lawyer said in New Jersey courtroom on Tuesday.
Attorney Benedict Morelli said the former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" star suffered a traumatic brain injury in the June 7 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, in addition to a broken leg, nose and ribs.
"He's fighting to get better, and if there's a chance for him to be back to the Tracy Morgan he once was, he's going to try to do that," Morelli said. "But we just don't know because of the severity of the injuries that he sustained and the fact that he had such a severe brain injury."
Lawyers were in court for a scheduling conference in Morgan's lawsuit against Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., whose truck was involved in the crash. Morgan did not attend the hearing.
A Wal-Mart truck slammed into a limo van that was carrying Morgan and several friends on their way back from a show in Delaware. Comedian James McNair was killed, and three others were injured, two seriously. Morgan spent several weeks in a hospital and in rehab.
Morelli didn't discuss specific aspects of Morgan's condition.