Lawsuit Filed Over Channel 13 Chopper Crash

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

It’s been slightly more than two weeks since KTRK Channel 13 photographer Dave Garrett died in a helicopter crash, more than enough time to sue.

Shelley Garrett, guardian over Dave Garrett’s only son and heir, filed a product-liability and negligence lawsuit late last week against Bell Helicopter in Harris County District Court.

Garrett, more than a 10-year journalism veteran, was flying to cover a triple-shooting in Montgomery County on October 13 when “according to one eyewitness the helicopter exploded in midair,” the law suit states. The chopper crashed in a wooded area, where Garrett died.

In the complaint, Garrett is described as “a passionate young man who loved his family, writing songs and beautiful poetry.”

His estate is seeking to recover expenses for medical care, the funeral and burial, Garrett’s lost wages and future income, as well as damages for “mental anguish, bereavement and grief; loss of love, affection, solace, society, emotional distress, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment” and other claims, according to the lawsuit.

-- Chris Vogel

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.