The widow of Kobe Bryant is suing Island Express Helicopters for the January crash that killed the NBA legend and their daughter, alleging in part that the pilot failed to safely operate the aircraft.
Vanessa Bryant’s lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, the same day a memorial service for Kobe and Gianna Bryant was getting underway at the Staples Center.
The suit alleges numerous counts of negligence and wrongful death against Island Express, the helicopter’s operator, in the January 26 crash in Calabasas, California. The crash killed seven other people, including pilot Ara Zobayan.
The complaint obtained by CNN claims, in part, that Zobayan: “failed to properly monitor and assess the weather prior to takeoff; failed to abort the flight when he knew of the cloudy conditions; and failed to properly and safely operate the helicopter resulting in a crash.”
The suit says Vanessa Bryant is seeking general, economic and punitive damages. No financial figures were expressed in the suit.