The husband of one of the victims from a helicopter crash which claimed the lives of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and eight others is suing the L.A. County Sheriff’s department for invasion of privacy over crash scene cell phone pictures.
Matthew Mauser who lost his wife, Christina Mauser in the helicopter crash that happened on January 26 says Sheriff Alex Villanueva failed his job of securing the area in the wake of the crash which resulted in emergency responders taking unauthorized photos of the accident.
Matthew claims he has every reason to believe that members of the L.A County Fire Department took pictures of the remains of his wife. He also claims the fire department could have shared the pictures with people who had nothing to do with the investigation.
“These facts show that sheriff Villanueva had a special duty to ensure that the scene of the crash was given highest caliber security his department could employ,” says Matthew.
Matthew claims that he and his three daughters now suffer from severe emotional distress, humiliation and anxiety “from the realization that photographs of their mother and wife were wrongfully taken, shown and discussed.”
He is therefore suing the department for invasion of privacy, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and more. He’s is demanding $25,000 in unspecified damages.
Matthew’s wife was 38-years-old at the time of death.