Vanessa Bryant Sues Helicopter Operator in Kobe Helicopter Crash For Wrongful Death

On the day of the Kobe Bryant Memorial Service, the LA Times reported that attorneys for Vanessa Bryant filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that operated the helicopter that crashed on January 26th, killing Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people.

The complaint in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Island Express Helicopters and Island Express Holding Corp. alleged that the pilot, Are Zobayan, who also died in the crash in Calabasas, failed “to use ordinary care in piloting the subject aircraft” and was “negligent.”

“Defendant Island Express Helicopters’ breach of its duty and negligence caused the injuries and damages complained of herein and Plaintiffs’ deceased, Bryant, was killed as a direct result of the negligent conduct of Zobayan for which Defendant Island Express Helicopters is vicariously liable in all respects,” the lawsuit said.

The 27-count complaint seeks general damages, economic damages, and punitive damages.