The response of the family of the pilot sued for the death of Kobe Bryant: “Everyone knew the risks, they were negligent“. Ara Zobayan’s brother, who was driving the helicopter and also lost his life in the accident, opposes the wrongful death lawsuit.
Almost four months after the plane crash in which Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna died – along with seven other people – and after the lawsuit filed by the families of the deceased, the brother of the helicopter pilot claims that the same passengers had they blame and were negligent , according to recently filed court documents.
As reported by CNN , Berge Zobayan’s attorneys , identified as successor of interest to pilot Ara Zobayan , allege that “ any injury or damage to the plaintiffs and / or their deceased was caused directly in whole or in part by the negligence or fault of the plaintiffs and / or their deceased, ” according to this seven-page document that reached the United States Justice.
The plaintiffs accused the companies Island Express Helicopters and Island Express Holding of reckless, negligent and illegal conduct, but the response was forceful. Ara Zobayan’s brother maintains that the former NBA star “knew of the risks” of flying that day and that the driver ” had no responsibility.”
This is the response to a lawsuit filed by Vanessa Bryant, widow of the legendary Los Angeles Lakers player , who filed it through her lawyers on February 24, the same day that a funeral was held for Kobe and daughter Gianna .
Kobe’s widow involves the beneficiaries of the pilot’s estate and holds companies responsible for allowing the helicopter to fly that morning amid “thick fog and low clouds”, even though police and tourism companies decided to remain in Earth.
The other relatives of the victims sued the companies but did not mention Zobayan as a defendant , according to various US media. They are the relatives of baseball coach John Altobelli , his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa – Gianna’s basketball teammate – and those of Christina Mauser – assistant coach of the two teenagers – who sent separate claims to the Court Los Angeles Superior , according to TMZ.
The investigation to determine the exact cause of that January 26 accident is still underway, although a preliminary report published in February ruled out any mechanical failure . A trial date has not yet been scheduled.