Photo by Flying Eye [Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons.
An example of a drone. Photo by Flying Eye [Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons.
A woman sued a USC fraternity chapter and an event- planning company Tuesday, saying she suffered a head injury when a drone that was being used to photograph attendees at a frat party fell on her.

Alina Pituch’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit names as defendants Pi Kappa Phi’s Delta Rho Chapter and the Perfect Event Inc. She is seeking unspecified damages.

USC is not a defendant in the suit, which alleges negligence and premises liability.

Representatives for the fraternity and the Northridge-based company did not immediately reply to requests for comment.

The suit states that Pituch arrived about 11 p.m. last Oct. 3 for a “Glow Party” that was being held in the back yard of the frat house. The Perfect Event was hired to produce the party and employed the operator of the drone that was taking images of those present, according to the suit.

About 15 to 20 minutes after Pituch arrived, a “heavy object fell on (her) head, causing her to stumble forward into a friend, who caught (Putich) before she fell down,” the suit states. “(Putich’s) head immediately began to bleed vigorously from her wounds.”

The object was later identified as the drone, according to her complaint.

Pituch says she suffered injuries to the back of her head, forehead and left eye, and also felt dizzy and became disoriented due to the blow.

Pituch’s friends assisted her in getting to the front curb of the frat house and she was taken by ambulance to a hospital, according to her court papers.

Pituch has permanent scarring on her head and forehead and has met with plastic surgeons to discuss her injuries, the suit says. As a result of being hurt, her ability to focus on school work has been “compromised” and she still experiences headaches that affect her concentration while studying, the suit says.

—City News Service

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