A model helicopter hobbyist was killed Thursday when a remote controlled helicopter cut off the top of his head in a Brooklyn, N.Y., park.
Victim Roman Pirozek, 19, “was known to be aggressive in his flying and often executed tricks. He was executing a trick when he was struck,” the official said, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Pirozek was flying the remote-controlled helicopter at Calvert Vaux Park when it struck him, killing him instantly. His father was with him at the time of the accident, the official said.
“He was the best person ever he had the biggest heart,” Mr. Pirozek’s sister, Amy Pirozek, told the Journal. “I think he was just doing it because it was his day off.”
Mr. Pirozek was vice president of the Seaview Rotary Wings, a Brooklyn-based model helicopter flying club, according to friends at the scene, the Journal reported.