Roman Pirozek Jr. has been identified as the 19-year-old man who died after a toy helicopter he was flying struck him in the head, slicing part of it off.
Pirozek died on September 5 in Calvert Vaux Park in Brooklyn after he tried pulling a trick with the helicopter and something went wrong.
Pirozek “was known to be aggressive in his flying and often executed tricks,” a law enforcement official told the Wall Street Journal.
“He was executing a trick when he was struck,” the official said.
Pirozek is described as a helicopter enthusiast and has a YouTube channel with postings from his flights (see one video below). He has also posted many pictures from flights on his Facebook page, which has now been taken down.
“Great day for flying, the new frame brace is working great, breaking in some new packs i just got, they are the best that I have flown so far and loving them,” he said on August 25, appearing to be at the same park in Brooklyn.
He recently attended Helis Over Delaware, a “helicopter fun fly” that was located in Lums Pond State Park in Kirkwood, Delaware.
Pirozek graduated from High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture, which is in Queens, in 2012.
His family said he was a good guy.
“He was the best person ever, he had the biggest heart,” said Roman’s sister Amy Pirozek. “I think he was just doing it because it was his day off.”
Friends mourned the death as well.
“Rest in paradise Roman, you were one of my favorite guys to always hang out in the weekends,” said Carlos Velez via Facebook. “I can’t believe God took you so early, my prayers goes to your family and ‘specially your sister.”
Pirozek worked as a cargo handler for an airline.
Victor Tommaso, a neighbor, said that Pirozek “went to good parts of the country to shows — he loved it.”
“It was his father’s hobby and he picked it up from him,” Tommaso, 68, added. “His father must be destroyed.”
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