GM of WeHo’s Standard Hotel Identified as Victim of Newport Beach Helicopter Crash

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Kimberly Lynn Watzman

Kimberly Lynne Watzman, the general manager of the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood, was one of the three people killed in a helicopter crash in Newport Beach on Tuesday.

Watzman, 45, had worked as general for the Standard Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard since July 2015. Previously she had been a manager and director at the Standard in downtown Los Angeles.

Watzman, who lived in Santa Monica, was one of four people on the helicopter when it crashed. Others who died were Joseph Tena of Newport Beach, who apparently was the pilot, and Brian Reichelt of Hollywood, Fla. Another passenger was seriously injured and was taken to Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana. Reichelt was the regional finance director for the Standard’s parent company.

The helicopter crashed into a house on Shearwater Place in the Bayview Terrace gated community just before 2 p.m. It had been flying from John Wayne Airport to Catalina Island. No one in the house was injured.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the crash.

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[…] it a coincidence that the General Manager of the Standard Hotels was killed in a helicopter crash? What did she […]

Mark David
Mark David
2 years ago

It was a hit, and a warning, to others to keep their mouths CLOSED. The Standard is implicated in bad things.

Last edited 2 years ago by Mark David
Sally
Sally
2 years ago
Reply to  Mark David

You’re insane. Go to a shrink. It’s a hotel, and they were real people and it was sad. Get help.

Ad A
Ad A
4 months ago
Reply to  Sally

It actually was a hit. Dig into The Standard Hotel … the easiest way to ensure “closure” was to wipe out the top exec team. It sent a message.

anon
anon
2 years ago

Helicopter charter changed at the last minute to the same one that carried out the hit on KB.

Brooklyn
Brooklyn
2 years ago
Reply to  anon

Who is KB?

T a
T a
2 years ago
Reply to  Brooklyn

Kolby Bryant maybe

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