Report: Kobe Bryant helicopter pilot's family doesn't expect fair trial, wants case moved from L.A.
Court documents claim that Ara Zobayan in Los Angeles would start a “two strike” trial against him. (AP Photo / Matt Slocum)
Ara Zobayan's family does not believe the deceased helicopter pilot will be given a fair trial in Los Angeles and wants the case of Kobe Bryant's unjust death to be postponed.
TMZ acquired court documents filed by Zobayan's family and referred to the plaintiff's "extreme popularity with the jury pool" to move the case from Los Angeles to Orange County.
Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant is suing Zobayan along with the charter company Island Express Helicopters for the helicopter crash on January 26 that killed Bryant, her 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others, including Zobayan.
"The fame and popularity of the late Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles County is described in detail here and has reached a level that has not informed anyone in the county about his role in branding Los Angeles as his city," said new court documents, issued by Zobayan's family have been filed. per TMZ.
"No other person recently, a sports figure or anything else, was seen by people as such a personification of their city of Los Angeles."
Zobayan's unnamed successor "Doe 1" is named in the lawsuit as the accused.
Lawsuit: pilot was negligent
The lawsuit alleges that Zobayan was negligent on eight different points when piloting the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter that crashed into a hillside in the Los Angeles area in foggy conditions. According to the Associated Press, Zobayan is accused of misjudging the weather, flying under conditions he was not approved for, and failing to control the helicopter.
The documents claim that Zobayan would start a "two strike" trial against him in Los Angeles.
Bryant played 20 seasons for the Los Angeles Lakers, won five NBA championships, received 18 all-star bids and an MVP award. Magic Johnson called him the greatest laker ever. More than 90,000 fans applied for tickets to his 20,000 seat memorial at the Staples Center.
In the documents filed by Zobayan's family, Orange County is also named as the residence of all passengers in the crash to relocate the case south of Los Angeles.
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