Passengers in the Kobe Bryant accident were negligent, court documents say

Remembering the victims of the Calabasas helicopter crash

Berge Zobayan’s attorneys, listed as successors in the interest of the pilot Ara Zobayan, say that “any injuries or damages to the plaintiffs and / or their deceased were directly caused in whole or in part by the negligence or fault of the plaintiffs and / or the their deceased, “according to the 7-page document.

The document, a response to an unfair cause of death filed by Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, adds that passengers knew the risks.

“And that this neglect was a substantial factor in causing their alleged harm, for which this defendant defendant has no responsibility,” says the response.

Zobayan’s lawyers change “the negligence, guilt or unlawful conduct of third parties, which the accused respondent has neither controlled nor had the right to control”.

Among other requests, Berge Zobayan’s lawyers are asking for a judgment in his favor and the closure of the case.

Vanessa Bryant’s attorney filed the complaint on February 24, the same day a memorial service was held for Kobe Bryant and the couple’s daughter Gianna.

The complaint held Island Express, the helicopter company and Ara Zobayan responsible for the accident, citing numerous negligence counts.

Island Express did not comment on Monday and a company representative previously told CNN not to comment on the ongoing dispute.

Arthur Willner, Berge Zobayan’s attorney, told CNN that the man is the pilot’s brother and that the attorney made no further comments. CNN’s request to comment on Vanessa Bryan’s representatives was not immediately answered.

The response, presented on Friday, also stated that Berge Zobayan denies any accusations in the Vanessa Bryant case. No trial dates have been scheduled.

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Other lawsuits from families who lost someone in the crash don’t list Zobayan as a defendant.

In April, the families of the crash victims Christina Mauser, as well as John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their daughter, Alyssa, 14, filed illegal death reports against the airline that owned and operated the plane.

The attorney representing both the Mauser and Altobelli families filed separate claims for damages claiming that Island Express Helicopters was negligent and negligent.

The helicopter crashed on hilly terrain in foggy conditions on January 26th. He was transporting passengers to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, for a youth basketball game when he crashed in Calabasas.

Among the victims were Payton Chester, 13, and Sarah Chester, 45.

Ralph Ellis of CNN contributed to this report.


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