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Vanessa Bryant Reaches Settlement With Helicopter Company After Kobe’s Fatal Crash

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Vanessa Bryant and other plaintiffs have reached a settlement with Island Express Helicopters after the fatal January 2020 crash.

Vanessa Bryant and other plaintiffs have reached a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit against the helicopter company involved in the fatal crash that killed Kobe and Gianna “Gigi” Bryant. The basketball player, 41, and his daughter, 13, died in a helicopter crash last January — one that killed a total of nine people in Calabasas. According to NBC Los Angeles, Vanessa and co.’s terms of agreement with Island Express Helicopters have been kept confidential and still need to be finalized by the court.

vanessa and kobe bryant with their daughtersVanessa Bryant and other plaintiffs have reached a settlement with the helicopter involved in Kobe and Gigi’s death. (Shutterstock)

Vanessa, 39, filed the wrongful death suit at the Los Angeles Superior Court last February. The lawsuit alleged that Island Express Helicopters engaged in risky transportation and that pilot Ara George Zobayan, who also died on scene, “failed to properly monitor and assess the weather prior to takeoff,”  per People. The suit also sought damages for “pre-impact terror” and “loss of love,” among other damages. Vanessa and Kobe’s three other daughters, Natalia, 18, Bianka, 4, and Capri, 2, are also reportedly named as plaintiffs.

A few months after Vanessa filed the lawsuit, Berge Zobayan, the brother and representative of Ara George, responded to the suit and claimed that the passengers were at fault for the fatal crash. In the May 2020 court documents obtained by HollywoodLife, Berge conceded that the passengers knew the “risks involved.”

vanessa and kobe bryantVanessa Bryant and other plaintiffs have reached a settlement with the helicopter involved in Kobe and Gigi’s death.  » Read Full Article

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