Kobe Bryant – New Autopsy Reports Show Helicopter Crash Pilot Tested Negative For Drugs

Kobe Brant, Ara Zobayan

Kobe Bryant – New Autopsy Reports Show Helicopter Crash Pilot Tested Negative For Drugs 

On Friday (May 15th), the Los Angeles County coroner’s office released the autopsy reports for the victims of the helicopter crash that took place in January that killed basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and the 7 other people who were on board.

According to the reports, the pilot, 50-year-old Ara Zobayan was sober at the time of the accident. He tested negative for having any alcohol or drugs in his system. The senior deputy medical examiner said that Kobe Bryant and the other passengers more than likely died instantly upon impact due to blunt trauma.

Ara Zobayan

As previously reported, Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, filed a lawsuit against the helicopter company that the former Laker’s player and the other victims were flying with that day. She claimed that on the day of the crash (January 26) the company ignored certain safety conditions that should have been in place in order to take flight that day. Vanessa Bryant also alleged that Ara Zobayan was a reckless pilot by claiming he was flying at 180 miles per hour and failed to check the weather before liftoff.  

Kobe Bryant, Vanessa Bryant and three oldest daughters

Ara Zobayan’s wife, Berge Zobayan, has responded to Vanessa Bryant’s lawsuit and claimed that the passengers are responsible for their own deaths because they knew the risk involved with flying.  

“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, and that this negligence was a substantial factor in causing their purported damages, for which this answering defendant bears no responsibility.”

The investigation for the crash is still taking place and the National Transportation and Safety Board is reviewing what took place.

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Authored by: Twila-Amoure McDaniel