Prosecutors have charged an Oak Harbor man with reckless endangerment stemming from a June incident in which a woman was knocked unconscious when she was struck by a small drone during the Pride Parade in downtown Seattle.
A 37-year-old Oak Harbor man has been charged with reckless endangerment stemming from a June incident in which a woman was knocked unconscious when she was struck by a small drone during the Pride Parade in downtown Seattle.
Paul M. Skinner was charged in Seattle Municipal Court this past week with the gross-misdemeanor charge, which states he engaged in conduct that created a “substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another person.”
The 25-year-old woman was standing near Fourth Avenue and Madison Street on June 28 when the 18-inch-by-18-inch drone crashed into a building and fell into the crowd, striking her in the head, according to Seattle police.
The woman’s boyfriend caught her as she fell to the ground.
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An off-duty firefighter helped treat the woman and called for police.
One of the victim’s friends turned over the damaged drone to police. The friend also gave police photographs of a man who might have been piloting the aircraft, police said.
The drone’s pilot ultimately came forward and contacted police, police said days after the incident.
The drone aircraft retails for about $1,200 and weighs about 2 pounds, police said.
If convicted, Skinner faces up to 364 days in jail. The charge was filed by the Seattle City Attorney’s Office.