Widows of Aug. 12 Helicopter Crash Victims File Wrongful Death Lawsuits
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The families of two state troopers who died after their helicopter crashed on August 12, 2017 have each filed wrongful death lawsuits.
According to The Daily Progress, Amanda Bates and Karen Cullen filed their lawsuits Monday, naming the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, and the Virginia State Police as defendants.
State Police Lieutenant Jay Cullen and trooper-pilot Berke Bates were monitoring the 2017 Unite the Right rally and other events before their chopper crashed into trees over the Charlottesville City line.
Both lawyers claim negligence and say the helicopter used that day was difficult to maintain and had a history of malfunctions and repairs. The families are seeking $50 million each and another $350,000 in punitive damages.