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Toy helicopter kills owner in Gravesend

Death from above: Authorities gather around the 19-year-old’s corpse after his helicopter delivered a mortal injury to his head.
Photo by Paul Martinka

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 wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him attwitter.com/WillBredderman.
Freak accident: Police say the teen was playing with the whirlybird inside Calvert Vaux Park when he lost control of the toy.
Photo by Paul Martinka

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