Families Involved In Deadly Kobe Bryant Crash Sue Helicopter Company

Written by on April 20, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Members of the family of 4 of the eight passengers killed in a helicopter crash with Kobe Bryant and his daughter have joined the NBA star’s widow in submitting wrongful loss of life lawsuits in opposition to the businesses that owned and operated the plane.

The fits on behalf of three members of 1 household, and a lady who helped coach Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter in basketball, had been filed electronically Sunday in Los Angeles Superior Courtroom.

The pair of lawsuits comes about two months after Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, the mom of Gianna, additionally sued Island Categorical Helicopters Inc., which operated the Sikorsky, and its proprietor, Island Categorical Holding Corp.

An individual who answered the cellphone at Island Categorical Helicopters declined to remark and an e-mail from The Related Press requesting remark was not instantly returned.

Not like Vanessa Bryant’s prolonged lawsuit, the brand new equivalent 7-page circumstances don’t title the lifeless pilot, Ara Zobayan, or his consultant, as a defendant. All of the fits allege that the 2 firms had been careless and negligent.

One go well with was filed by two youngsters of Orange Coast School baseball coach John Altobelli, his spouse, Keri, and their daughter Alyssa, who performed basketball with Gianna. One other go well with was filed by the husband and three youngsters of Christina Mauser, who helped Bryant coach the ladies’ basketball workforce

The group was heading to a basketball match Jan. 26 when the chopper crashed in thick fog northwest of Los Angeles.

An preliminary Nationwide Transportation Security Board report mentioned there have been no indicators of engine failure from the wreckage recovered. Zobayan had practically navigated the helicopter out of blinding clouds when the plane instantly turned and plunged into the mountainside.

Vanessa Bryant, who filed the go well with the identical day as her husband’s massive public memorial service in February, alleged that Zobayan was careless and negligent to fly within the fog and will have aborted the flight.

Additionally killed within the crash had been Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton, who was one other of Gianna’s teammates.

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