Lawsuit Filed Over Channel 13 Chopper Crash

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

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