Tracy Morgan is working to get better — one step at a time.
The 46-year-old comedian, who suffered physical injuries in addition to severe brain trauma during a June 7 car crash, was spotted during a rare outing near his New Jersey home on Wednesday. His fiancée, Megan Wollover, and an aide accompanied Morgan to a local post office.
The typically energetic 30 Rock alum — who had on sneakers, sweatpants, a sweater, and vest — took slow steps as he clutched his walker. He didn't crack a smile, but did respond to a paparazzo who asked about his recovery. "Fighting every day," he said. Both women assisted him into the backseat of his SUV.
The walker is an upgrade from the wheelchair Morgan was using while visiting a Manhattan hospital in October. The actor, who has a role in the new Chris Rock movie Top Five, has been undergoing cognitive rehabilitation, speech rehabilitation, and physical rehabilitation to treat the broken leg, nose, ribs, and traumatic brain injury sustained during the six-car crash which killed his mentor, James "Jimmy Mack" McNair. This is only the fourth time he's been photographed out since the accident six months ago.
"He's still fighting to get better and he's making incremental progress," his attorney, Benedict Morelli, told the Associated Press last week, adding that it is unclear if he will ever be "the Tracy Morgan he once was."
"I'm not saying he'll never recover. I'm saying we don't know," Morelli explained. "He had a traumatic brain injury... That's not Benedict Morelli saying that. That's what the hospital records say. And that's what he was treated for. I mean he had massive fractures in various parts of his body, including his face, and he had a traumatic brain injury, a very severe one."
Morgan and two of his fellow passengers are suing Walmart over the crash. It was a truck driver from the superstore chain which struck the star's Mercedes limobus on the way home from a Delaware stand-up show and caused the six-car pileup. The truck driver, Kevin Roper, reportedly had not slept in 24 hours prior to the crash and was speeding, according to an investigation by National Transportation Safety Board.
On Monday, Morgan's legal team filed papers opposing an attempt by Roper to delay pre-trial discovery in the comedian's civil lawsuit until the criminal charges against him are resolved. (Roper, who is charged with death by auto and assault by auto, isn't a defendant in Morgan's suit.) That prompted Morgan's attorney to accuse Walmart of stalling to avoid the disclosure of its safety practices. However, the company filed a letter in court on Tuesday denying that they were stalling and saying they had taken no position on Roper's motion.
The next big date in the trial will be an in-person settlement conference scheduled for early March.
Despite the ongoing legal drama — and Tracy's long recovery — he and his family made the most of their Thanksgiving celebration. Wollover posted a positive message on Facebook, writing, "Nothing like waking up to snow and cooking a nice meal... Feeling festive!!! Happy Thanksgiving aka FEAST OF GRATITUDE to everyone!"