PHILADELPHIA — A 16-months imprisonment and a liability of $92,000 in restitution await the man who drove his SUV onto an airport runway and forcing a passenger jet to abort its landing. This sentence was pronounced to this irresponsible driver last Wednesday – 16 months in prison and must pay $92,000 in restitution.
The identified operator of the SUV is Kenneth Mazik, 25, resident of Chadds Ford, who crashed through a gate on March 1 and caused the police on a runway chase at speeds topping 100 mph.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg chided Mazik that he is still lucky that he and other plane passengers who are on the incoming and outgoing planes were not harmed. This kind of disaster would have meant a lifetime imprisonment for the offender.
Mazik, who is a University of Delaware graduate with a young son, stated that he was under stress and at that time addicted to Adderal, the attention-deficit drug. He said that he has been battling depression since his father died when he was 16.
Mazik told the court that he had been on Adderall, and it was just becoming worse and worse.
Before the airport episode, Mazik was confined in the hospital for three days by a family member for the addiction but was soon released. The judge remained concerned last Wednesday about Mazik’s avid interest in conspiracy-theory websites which is focused on outer space. During three years of probation after prison, his computer use will be monitored.
To pay the restitution, Mazik will tap into a trust fund and other assets that top $1 million which is due within 90 days. He is required report to prison in a month.
Mazik is described by his friends as a good person and athlete who lost his way amid the substance abuse.
Judge Goldberg concluded that he believed that Mazik did not intend harm to anyone during the airport mishap but he caused a lot of damage by smashing runway lights and nearly taking out an antenna that controlled airport functions. The judge said that Mazik did those things as he was delusional or hallucinating.
An alert air traffic controller averted a collision when he spotted something on his radar and Mazik’s Jeep approaching. A US Airways commuter jet had to fly back into the air.
Mazik put up a fight against law-enforcement officers who apprehended him. The scuffle caused a delay of a dozen flights. Earlier that morning, Mazik had been seen driving the wrong way toward oncoming traffic, Goldberg said.
The magistrate judge pronounced the sentence to Mazik slightly below the 18- to 24-month guideline range. He said that it would give Mazik plenty of time to help raise his 2-year-old son.
Goldberg observed that most addicts who come in court have no father, no trust fund and no supportive family or friends.
Mazik, who is a muscular former athlete, said that when he leaves prison, he hopes to become a coach and youth counselor.
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