A 19-year-old New York man died Thursday after being struck in the head by the remote-controlled toy helicopter he was flying in a park. The blades of the flying toy took off a portion of his head.
Police could not say if Roman Pirozek died instantly but the young model plane enthusiast was dead by the time emergency personal arrived on the scene. The tragic death took place at Brooklyn's Calvert Vaux Park, a place Mr. Pirozek often flew his toys. The park was created for such activities.
His Trex 700 helicopter model, costing $1500, has a 62-inch blade span, is six pounds and has a rotor that spins at over 2,000 rpm. As his father and friends watched, the "stunt" model helicopter pilot took the helicopter too close at a high velocity and was forced to try and get out of his own way. He'd done it successfully many times but not this time — it flew into him and cut off pieces from the top of his head.
A police spokesperson told media Mr. Pirozek, the vice-president of the New York RC helicopter club, was a known daredevil with his toy. "He was known to be aggressive in his flying and often executed tricks," the spokesperson said.
"He was executing a trick when he was struck."