Remote control copter kills 19-year-old on Sept. 5

Helicopter head wound death in Calvert Vaux Park

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A 19-year-old’s remote control helicopter spiraled out of control and sliced open his head, killing him, at Calvert Vaux Park on Sept. 5.

Authorities said Roman Pirozek was flying the aircraft at the greenspace near the corner of Shore Parkway and Bay 44th Street at 3:40 pm when his model whirly-bird spun amok. The blades appear to have collided with the top of his skull.

Police report finding the young man unresponsive on the ground. Emergency medical personnel arrived moments later and pronounced him dead on the scene.

Pirozek was vice-president of the Brooklyn-based Seaview Rotary Wings, a club for model helicopter enthusiasts.

Cops said an investigation into the incident is underway.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him
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Jim from Coble Hill says:
... lulz
Sept. 5, 2013, 11:59 pm
NiceJim from Cobble Hil says:
Sad, he was just a kid.
Sept. 6, 2013, 9:58 am
Pat I. from Brooklyn says:
The guy was an executive board member. These copters are not the cheap ones you buy at Toys R US. Check ou tthe website.

What a shame.
Sept. 6, 2013, 10:39 am
Harmony Jones says:
That seperated the men from the boys. Playing with his toys to death. Hmmm...
Sept. 6, 2013, 10:39 am
gimme from yours says:
he got mad helichoptered son, straight up! (or is that down?)
Sept. 6, 2013, 2:40 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Excuse me, but I wonder if the police are ruling out suicide. Pardon the interruption.
Sept. 6, 2013, 2:46 pm
Edward from CrownHeights says:
Just because he had a lame hobbie does not mean he'd want to kill himself. Not all nerds are depressed. This is really a sad thing that happend.
Sept. 6, 2013, 3:30 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
It seems to me that this is a quite dangerous hobby, if you don't mind my saying so.
Sept. 6, 2013, 3:45 pm
diehipster from Catapulting Coopers says:
"John Wasserman: Failed Comedian"
Sept. 7, 2013, 9:36 am
Scott from Park Slope says:
It's sad he died, but when you do stunts like that accidents go with the territory. Not much different from breaking your neck while doing a ski jump or skating on a half-pipe or performing a trick while water-skiing. People who do this kind of daredevil stuff crave the adrenaline rush, but it always carries the potential for tragedy.
Sept. 7, 2013, 1:03 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
"diehipster: Failed Abortion"
Sept. 10, 2013, 1:38 pm
Jay Goff from Dyker says:
The amount of scumbags on here is unreal, when this —— happens to your child then you'll see how funny its not. He seemed like a good kid not smoking or drinking on a street corner, or doing or selling drugs, had a old school hobby. Pure accident, the amount of cowards hiding behind their computers is unreal. Good thing no one reads this ——ty ass newspaper
Sept. 18, 2013, 10:19 am

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