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Teenager killed by toy helicopter

A teenager operating a remote control helicopter in a New York City park has been struck in the head by it and killed.

Roman Pirozek Jr, 19, died near a parkway in Brooklyn after suffering a severe head injury, police said.

Enthusiasts are allowed to operate model aircraft in designated parts of Calvert Vaux Park, which features a playground, basketball courts and baseball diamonds.

Mr Pirozek's father is the vice president of the Seaview Rotary Wings Helicopter Club, which organises flights in the park. He has not responded to requests for comment.

A spokesman for the Academy of Model Aeronautics said he believes Mr Pirozek's death is only the second death caused by a remote control helicopter in the US.


From Belfast Telegraph