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RC Helicopter Accident Kills Teen
A 19-year-old man playing with a remote control helicopter in Brooklyn lost control of it while trying to perform a trick, sliced off the top of his own head and died Thursday afternoon, law enforcement officials said. The helicopter enthusiast and his father were in Calvert Vaux Park at Shore Parkway and Bay 44th Street in Gravesend. Witnesses told detectives the teen, identified as Roman Pirozek Jr., was performing a trick with the model helicopter when something went wrong, and the aircraft boomeranged and sliced the top of his head, according to law enforcement officials. Pirozek also sheared off part of his shoulder, officials said. He was instantly killed. "I'll never forget it," said a shocked young witness. "It was scary." Pirozek's father, Roman Pirozek Sr., broke down in tears as he returned to his Woodhaven, Queens home Thursday night. He declined to speak to reporters. Neighbor Ralph Maisonett said, "It is the worst nightmare, to watch your son die."