Thursday, September 5, 2013
Teen Killed By Model Helicopter In Dreier-Offerman Park
Queens resident Roman Pirozek, Jr. 19, was the victim of a tragic model helicopter accident this afternoon in Dreier-Offerman Park (Calvert Vaux Park) on Shore Parkway and Bay 44th St. in Gravesend Brooklyn.
A teenage toy-helicopter enthusiast was killed Thursday when his remote-control whirlybird plummeted from the sky in Brooklyn and its rotor blades slashed his head and throat, cops said, according to the New York Daily News.
The freak accident happened about 3:40 p.m. in Dreier-Offerman Park on Shore Parkway and Bay 44th St. in Gravesend.
Roman Pirozek, Jr., 19, of Queens, was apparently attempting an elaborate stunt with his model chopper when the trick went haywire and the machine clocked him, police said.
At least four witnesses watched in horror as the toy helicopter’s two-foot-long blades sliced into Pirozek’s head and neck, cops said.Pirozek’s toy helicopter was found crumpled on the ground in a ball field about 20 feet from his body, which cops later covered with a sheet. (Photo: Ken Murray For New York Daily News)
At least four witnesses watched in horror as the toy helicopter’s two-foot-long blades sliced into Pirozek’s head and neck, cops said.
Police said Pirozek — a graduate of the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture in Queens — died at the scene.
Pirozek’s toy helicopter was found crumpled on the ground in a ball field about 20 feet from his body, which cops later covered with a sheet.
Police said the 19-year-old died at the scene almost instantly. (Photo: Todd Maisel/New York Daily News)
The teen’s heartbroken father showed up at the park, but was taken away by police.
A man who heard of the accident and rushed to the park, which is also known as Calvert Vaux Park, said Pirozek was a member of the Seaview Rotary Wings Club, an organization for remote-control helicopter buffs.
“I’m upset about it,” said the man, who claimed to know Piozek’s family.
Man, 19, killed after rotor blades of falling remote-controlled helicopter slice
his head and neck in Brooklyn
New York Daily News - September 5, 2013 - By Thomas Tracy, Edgar Sandoval and Bill Hutchinson