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Driver In Dr John Mack Accident Sentenced

From: Will Bueche <willbueche.nul>
Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2005 09:57:13 -0700 (PDT)
Fwd Date: Sat, 08 Oct 2005 15:18:56 -0400
Subject: Driver In Dr John Mack Accident Sentenced


Driver In Dr John Mack Accident Sentenced

7 October 2005

Sentencing of the automobile driver who struck and killed
Harvard professor of psychiatry John E. Mack, M.D. on the night
of September 27, 2004, took place earlier today in London at the
Wood Green Crown Court.

Raymond Czechowski, 52, of Elstree, England, had earlier entered
a plea of guilty "by careless driving whilst under the influence
of alcohol".

Dr. Mack's family wrote to the Crown Court asking for leniency.
"Although this was a tragic event for our family, we feel Mr.
Czechowski's behavior was neither malicious nor intentional, and
we have no ill will toward him since we learned of the
circumstances of the collision," the letter said. "We have had
several talks as a family over the past year, and especially
during these past few weeks as we anticipate the time for
sentencing, and we all believe John Mack would not want Mr.
Czechowski to go to jail. As for ourselves, our grief will not
be lessened by knowing that he is incarcerated -- in fact, we
would wish that he not be."

In pronouncing sentence today, Judge Linda Stern told Czechowki
that she had considered "the most generous letter written by the
family of Professor Mack," but noted that a message must be sent
that "you shouldn't drive with alcohol in your blood." Mr.
Czechowski=92s blood/alcohol level recorded at the time of the
accident was 97mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. The legal limit
in the UK is 80mg.

Mr. Czechowski was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment and was
disqualified from driving for 3 years. The Judge also ordered
that before Mr. Czechowski was allowed to return to driving he
must take an extended driving test. Because of time already
spent in custody, Mr Czechowski will serve 6 months of the 15
month sentence.

Information from the family of John E. Mack, M.D. and the
Associated Press was used in preparation of this report.

Related links:

Wikipedia biographical entry for John E. Mack, M.D.:

27 Sept 2004 accident information:

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