A top Los Angeles County coroner explained in graphic testimony what Kobe Bryant’s body looked like, giving jurors a glimpse of what the crash scene photos were portraying.

Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant attend the basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on November 17, 2019.

Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant attend the basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on November 17, 2019.Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

  • A coroner testified in Vanessa Bryant’s trial against LA County over photographs of the helicopter crash site in Kobe.

  • Captain Emily Tausher testified graphically about the post-crash condition of each victim’s body.

  • She provided insight into the horrifying scene where inappropriate crash photos were likely taken and shared.

The top Los Angeles County coroner said Thursday that the condition of Kobe Bryant’s body after the 2020 helicopter crash that killed all nine passengers, including the basketball legend and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant. He testified well.

The testimony of Capt. Emily Tauscher, the chief investigator for the LA County coroner’s office, was noted on the second day. Vanessa Bryant’s trial against Los Angeles County After the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy and the Los Angeles County Fire Chief took and shared photos of the helicopter crash site in late January 2020.

Tauscher paints a grisly picture of the crash site and provides detailed insight into the grisly scene likely captured in the photographs taken by the LA County Sheriff’s Deputy and Fire Chief. did. She also discussed the coroner’s office’s photography practices, highlighting a more ad-hoc approach to on-site photography in the sheriff’s system, which allowed inappropriate photos to be taken and shared. .

Helicopter carrying couple Kobe Bryant on January 26, 2020 13 year old daughter Gianna baseball coach too John Altobelli and his family Crashed near Malibu on the way to a women’s basketball game. All nine crew members, including pilot Ara Zobayan, died in the crash.

Vanessa Bryant, September 2020 suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, County Fire Department, Countywide, and First Responders I took and shared photos of the crash site in January 2020.

Chris Chester, whose wife Sarah and daughter Peyton died in the crash, is also suing county workers for the same federal and state claims. Integrated 9-day trial alongside Bryant against the county.

Bryant and Chester’s key witness, Tausher, testified in great detail and graphic detail about the post-crash condition of each victim’s body, providing jurors with mental images of the photographs allegedly taken by the defendants. Both Bryant and Chester left the court before her testimony.

Tauscher testified that the crash strewn human remains more than 500 yards, creating an impact zone wider than two football fields while the magnesium fire from the crash blazed. Most of the victims had to be scientifically identified because the wounds were so severe, she said. testified.

She told the court that the coroner’s office did not encourage families to identify loved ones after the crash because the condition of the bodies was so severe that they could not be identified.

“When people die, they look very different than when they’re alive,” she said. “Seeing a loved one in that state creates an image that will last forever.”

Tauscher testified that the coroner’s office took about 1,250 photographs of the crash site, of which about 300 were human remains. She also confirmed that the coroner’s office never asked LASD or LACFD to take photographs of the remains.

LASD Malibu Search and Rescue team leader David Katz previously testified that only LASD lieutenant Doug Johnson took hundreds of photos with his cell phone.

The Bryant lawsuit seeks punitive damages from the county defendants. She sued the county for negligence, emotional distress, allegations of invasion of privacy, and federal allegations related to constitutional rights to images of deceased loved ones, as well as the practices of her LA County agency. I am suing. Photo.

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