Actor Tracy Morgan got into a car accident mere minutes after purchasing a $2 million sports car, and just days away from the anniversary of the crash that left him critically injured and claimed the life of one of his companions.
The 50-year-old comedian purchased a Bugatti Chiron on Tuesday and was driving through New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, less than a mile away from the dealership, when a woman driving a Honda CRV swiped the side of his car, the New York Daily News reports. The accident occurred at 1:35 p.m., around 30 minutes after Morgan first purchased the vehicle, Michael Sexton, Manhattan Motorcars’ Bugatti sales manager, told the outlet. The woman, he said, was on her phone and was “making a right turn from the left lane and hit [Morgan].”
“This was his dream car. He was talking about it all weekend,” Sexton said. “He couldn’t wait to get it. It was something he wanted to leave to his daughter. Luckily it wasn’t that bad. It’s something easy to repair.”
No injuries were reported following the crash, Page Six reports. Morgan, however, was checked out by EMTs who responded to the scene, according to the Daily News.
In footage of the aftermath of the incident obtained by Page Six, Morgan can be seen slamming on the other driver’s passenger side window and reportedly shouting, “B-tch, get out the car!”
The woman, identified as 61-year-old Jocelyn Madulid told Page Six she felt "traumatized" by Morgan's yelling.
“He was yelling at me, I got scared,” she told the outlet. “I didn’t yell anything back. I just stayed in my car."
She also insisted he was the one that hit her.
“We are both turning right — people are still crossing,” she told Page Six. “So what happened is we’re both turning right. But I know he hit me because I was already [turning]. I was there, he was the one who hit me!”
Morgan took to social media following the crash to assure his fans that he was not harmed, writing in a tweet, “Thanks for any concern but I am totally fine. My NEW CAR? We shall see. Love you all.”
Morgan’s accident occurred three days before the five-year anniversary of the traumatic crash that left Morgan seriously injured. He and a number of other comedians were riding through New Jersey on June 7, 2014 when a tractor-trailer plowed into their van, The New York Times reports. Comedian James McNair was pronounced dead at the scene while others, including Morgan and his assistant, were critically injured.
Morgan was in a coma for eight days and suffered a traumatic brain injury; he underwent months of therapy after the accident, according to The Times.
However, he told People in 2017 that the accident ultimately made him a better man.
“My need to help others and my need to love others, that’s what has changed. I know it has,” he told the outlet. “Me as a person changed.”
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