Transcript for Model Helicopter Kills Teen in Freak Accident
overnight on a shocking accident. A model helicopter buff hit in the head by his own minichopper. His family and friends speaking out now about how this could happen with someone so skilled at flying the remote-controlled machines. Abc's linsey davis has the story. Reporter: This morning, a new york city family grieves after a freak accident claimed the life of their 19-year-old son. Roman perozik jr. Was an avid flier of remote-control He was flying this chopper at a park on thursday. A park frequented by r.C. Helicopter enthusiasts. When police say he lost control, and hit him in the head. The model was large, with wingspans of almost 4 1/2 feet. Reaching speeds almost 60 miles per hour. Perozik was a member of a team of remote-control helicopter pilots, with his own youtube channel displaying his skills. We're concerned about our own personal safety. But things happen. Things happen. It's just an unreal event that someone that young, that full of life, enjoying something, is gone. Reporter: Aviation experts say perozik appeared to be a talented pilot. But that the hobby comes with risks. You have whirling blades like knives. You get hit with that, it's no joke. Reporter: Perozik's father is the vice president of a rotary wing helicopter club that organizes flights in the park. And the spokesman for the academy of model aeronautics say this is the second death caused by a remote-control helicopter in the united states. Freak accident. Thank you, linsey.
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