Eight months after a serious car crash which resulted in debilitating injuries and the death of his friend, Tracy Morgan stepped out this week, showing improvement as he walked with a cane. Credit: 247PAPS.TV/Splash News

He's getting there. Eight months after a debilitating crash that claimed his friend's life and left him severely injured, Tracy Morgan showed improvement in his condition while making his way into a rehab facility in New Jersey on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

The 30 Rock star, 46, used a cane as he exited his car and walked toward the building. While Morgan waited for his fiancee Megan Wollover and their daughter Maven to get out of the car, he took a seat on a bench outside to rest.

A source close to Morgan told Us Weekly that the comedian yearns to return to work. "If Tracy could be out, acting and doing what he loves, he would be — 100 percent," the insider told Us. "But sadly, he just can't yet."

Morgan suffered from a broken leg, femur, nose, ribs, and a traumatic brain injury after his limo was hit by a Walmart truck driver on the New Jersey Turnpike last June. The six-vehicle accident took the life of Morgan's friend James McNair, and put Morgan in the intensive care unit for 10 days before he was able to start physical therapy.

During his recovery period, Morgan filed a lawsuit against Walmart for "careless and negligent ownership and operation of its motor vehicle," which resulted in the comic's "severe" injuries. The corporation then filed a countersuit, claiming that Morgan was not wearing a seatbelt when the accident occurred.

In the interim, Morgan missed Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special on Feb. 15 — but was honored by his 30 Rock costars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin at the star-studded event.

"I wish my friend Tracy Morgan was here tonight, and I know that he was hoping he would be well enough to be here too," Fey told the audience. "If he were here tonight, I'm sure Tracy would remind us that more than anything, he'd like to get us all pregnant."

Baldwin added: "See you at the 41st, Tracy!"

The same source told Us that Morgan "of course" wanted to attend the special. "He gets very emotional when he sees Tina and others mentioning him," the insider noted, adding that he "really wants to be back" at work. 

Morgan's lawyer Benedict Morelli told reporters last December that the star has been "fighting to get better" and hopes to "be back to the Tracy Morgan he once was."