Teen killed by remote control helicopter in Brooklyn. A Queens teenager was killed Thursday when a model helicopter struck him in the head in Bath Beach, police said.
Cops and paramedics responded to the 911 call around 3:40 p.m. and found 19-year-old Roman Pirozek of Woodhaven unconscious in parkland near Shore Parkway and Bay 44th Street.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Pirozek was a remote-control model airplane enthusiast who posted several videos of himself flying the devices on his YouTube page.
Police said they didn’t suspect any criminal act was involved in the teenager’s death. They didn’t immediately release the model and make of the helicopter he was flying.
In a YouTube video posted in July by someone named Roman Pirozek Jr., a T-Rex 700N DFC is shown flying around at high speeds in lateral and vertical jolts.
That particular make is on the larger side of remote control helicopters, said Rich Hanson, spokesman for the Muncie, Ind.-based Academy of Model Aeronautics, a membership group of hobbyists.
Hanson said the helicopter has an almost 4 1/2-foot wingspan and can reach speeds of up to 60 mph but is used primarily for tricky, acrobatic maneuvers.
“Flying a RC helicopter is one of the more difficult aircraft to operate,” he said. “There are really two common reasons one might go out: pilot error or equipment failure.”
Pirozek’s death, Hanson said, likely is only the second ever caused by a remote control helicopter in the United States. He said some years ago an instructor in Texas was killed by a remote control helicopter after the student he was teaching lost control of it.