A publish-mortem examination of the helicopter crash that killed basketball star Kobe Bryant has dominated blunt force trauma as the result in of death for all nine victims.
The 180-webpage report also uncovered that the pilot, 50-calendar year-previous Ara Zobayan, analyzed detrimental for medication and liquor.
The induce of the 26 January crash, which transpired in California amid weighty fog, is even now becoming investigated.
Bryant’s 13-yr-old daughter, Gianna, was with him on board the helicopter.
The passengers – which provided two of Gianna’s basketball teammates, their relatives and a coach – ended up on their way to a match in Thousand Oaks wherever Bryant experienced been established to mentor.
Alyssa Altobelli, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser all died along with the Bryants, and pilot Ara Zobayan when the helicopter crashed into a hill just north of Los Angeles.
“On Jan. 28, the induce of dying for all 9 victims was dominated as blunt trauma,” the evaluation reported. “The method of dying was qualified as an accident”.
The outcomes of the article-mortem examination were posted on the internet site of the Los Angeles County Clinical Examiner-Coroner office environment on Friday.
Bryant, a five-time NBA winner, performed for the LA Lakers through his profession and is regarded as a single of the best players in the game’s historical past.
He retired in April 2016 after a 20-year occupation with the group.
Lawyers for his widow, Vanessa Bryant, have filed a lawsuit towards the organization that operated the helicopter.
It alleges that Zobayan – who died in the crash – did not evaluate climate data prior to using off.
Individually, previously this calendar year, the sheriff of Los Angeles County explained eight deputies had admitted possessing graphic photos of the crash web page.
Alex Villanueva stated he was “devastated and heartbroken” by their conduct. He stated he experienced instructed the deputies to delete the visuals.