(NEW YORK POST) – The helicopter pilot involved in the chopper crash that killed Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna should not be held responsible for their deaths because the NBA legend knew the risks of riding in the aircraft, the pilot’s family argues in new court papers.
Berge Zobayan — a representative for the family of pilot Ara Zobayan, who also died in the January tragedy — filed a response last week to the wrongful-death suit brought by Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, according to People.
In the response, Berge argued that “any injuries or damages to plaintiffs and/or their decedent were directly caused in full or in part by the negligence or fault of plaintiffs and/or their decedent, including their knowing and voluntary encounter with the risks involved,” People reported.
Vanessa Bryant is claiming in her suit that Ara violated flight rules by flying into an area with limited visibility because of foggy conditions. Ara was killed in the crash on Jan. 26, along with Kobe, Gianna and six other passengers.
The response by Berge is a standard legal move in a wrongful-death case that was filed in an “abundance of caution,” according to People.
Vanessa Bryant is seeking an unspecified amount in damages in the suit. She’s seeking damages, in part, for “pre-impact” terror, citing the emotional trauma Kobe and Gianna suffered before being killed in the crash.