Vanessa Bryant Sues Helicopter Operator For Wrongful Deaths

On the day of the memorial/celebration of life for the basketball superstar, Kobe Bryant's widow filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Monday against the aviation company that was operating the helicopter that crashed in California last month, killing her husband, their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others (including the pilot), reported Bloomberg

Vanessa Bryant filed the suit against Island Express Helicopters and Island Express Holding Corp. seeking compensatory and punitive damages, according to the complaint.

"Defendant Island Express Helicopters' breach of its duty and negligence caused the injuries and damages complained of herein and Plaintiffs' deceased, Kobe Bryant, was killed as a direct result of the negligent conduct of Zobayan for which Defendant Island Express Helicopters is vicariously liable in all respects," the lawsuit read.

Kobe, Gianna, and seven others (including pilot Ara Zobayan) were in the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter when it crashed into a hillside, around the Burbank and Van Nuys area in Los Angeles last month. The chopper was traveling at about 176 miles per hour when it slammed into the hillside.

The pilot, Zobayan, was named in the suit as a "direct result of the negligent conduct" that led to the deaths of everyone on board. He was previously disciplined in 2015 for breaking federal flight rules and received counseling. It's believed poor visibility due to dense fog was the cause of last month's incident. 

A public memorial to celebrate Kobe and Gianna Bryant is underway on Monday afternoon.