Vanessa Bryant Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit with Helicopter Company and Pilot’s Estate
By: Teddy Grant
Vanessa Bryant reached a settlement with the helicopter company and estate of the pilot involved in the crash that killed her husband, NBA legend Kobe Bryant, her daughter Gianna and seven others in January 2020.
Her lawsuit, filed alongside three other families who lost people during the crash, was settled for an undisclosed amount. Bryant filed the suit less than a month after the crash against Island Express Helicopters, Island Express Holding Corp., and the estate of Ara Zobayan, the pilot involved in the accident, who also died, according to USA Today.
“The material terms of the settlement and releases are known to the settling parties and include that the terms of the settlement are confidential,” according to a federal court document filed on Tuesday.
In February, the National Transportation Safety Board determined that Zobayan’s poor decision-making was the cause of the crash.
In part, Bryant’s lawsuit stated that Zobayan “failed to abort the flight when he knew of cloudy conditions” and that he didn’t “keep a safe distance between the helicopter and natural obstacles.”
“As a direct and proximate result of the aforesaid negligence and carelessness on the part of defendant Zobayan, Kobe Bryant was killed,” according to the suit.
According to USA Today, she also alleges that Island Express Holding Corp. did not add a warning and traffic avoidance system.