City worker flies drone into man riding Citi bike: lawsuit

A drone blew up this man’s wedding plans.

Amit Kumar, 36, a Queens native, was in town to announce to his family he was getting married – but was then punched in the face by a drone allegedly flown by a city employee and had to postpone the wedding, according to a Manhattan Supreme Court judge Legal action.

He was riding a Citi Bike near Madison Square Park on May 26, “when out of nowhere a drone hit me right in my left eye and cut it off,” he told the Post in a statement. “Having had multiple surgeries and more to come, my vision is still significantly impaired. It was devastating for me and my family.”

Kumar, a senior accountant who now lives in Chicago, was scheduled to meet his fiancée the next day and hand his family invitations to their wedding.

The drone, which Kumar claims is owned by the city, was operated by Steven Blanco, 47, who works as the city’s health inspector, according to SeeThroughNY.

It’s unclear whether Blanco operated the device as part of his job or why he should have done so.

Drone copter flies with digital camera.
Kumar had to postpone the wedding because of the drone accident, he said.
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The bizarre incident forced Kumar and his fiancée to indefinitely postpone their wedding, his attorney Nathan Werksman said.

“How can something so terrible happen in New York City? At this point, we have more questions than answers,” he said. “We look forward to getting to the bottom of this lawsuit and bringing justice to Mr Kumar.”

The city did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Blanco has not returned any messages. City worker flies drone into man riding Citi bike: lawsuit


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