Queens Man Killed By Model Helicopter In Bath Beach

An out-of-control model helicopter plunged from the sky, gruesomely killing its 19-year-old owner in Bath Beach yesterday. The New York Daily News is reporting that Roman Pirozek Jr.’s model helicopter fell from the sky and slashed his head and throat.

The accident happened yesterday afternoon at Calvert Vaux Park off Shore Parkway and Bay 44th Street in Bath Beach. According to the Daily News, four witnesses watched the helicopter fall from the sky and brutally slice Pirozek’s scalp and neck. The Daily News described the scene when first responders arrived:

Police said Pirozek — a 2012 graduate of the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture in Queens — died at the scene almost instantly.
A first responder said there was nothing that could be done.
“The major vessels in his neck were involved and he just bled out very quickly,” he said.
Pirozek’s toy helicopter, measuring 3 feet by 1 foot, and estimated to cost up to $1,700, was found crumpled on the ground about 20 feet from his body .

The video above was posted on Pirozek’s YouTube account, showing his love of model helicopter flying. According to the report, Pirozek was the vice president of the Seaview Rotary Wing Club, a model helicopter club. On his Facebook account, Pirozek expressed excitement over his latest kit.

“Great day for flying, the new frame brace is working great, breaking in some new packs I just got,” Pirozek wrote on August 25.

Pirozek’s sister Amy expressed her grief in remembering her brother.

“He always protected me. He was a good brother. He was the best,” Pirozek’s sister told the Daily News.