Lawyers for Vanessa Bryant, the widow of Lakers great Kobe Bryant, on Monday filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the company that operated the helicopter that crashed into a California hillside last month, killing her husband, 13-year-old daughter and seven others.
The suit was filed on the same day that thousands of fans gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to remember Bryant and his daughter Gianna. The lawsuit alleges that the helicopter company, Island Express, was “vicariously liable” for any and all actions of pilot Ara George Zobayan, including his “negligent and careless piloting.”
Bryant, who regularly flew in helicopters, was traveling with Gianna and the others to a basketball tournament at his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks when they were killed in the Jan. 26 crash near Calabasas, Calif., about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
The investigation is ongoing, but many have focused on the poor weather conditions the morning of the crash. There were low clouds and restricted visibility in the area.