Fatal Crash-Plane's Pilot Jailed
In August of 2004, he flew his aircraft into power lines before it crashed into the Wisconsin River, killing his passenger as her family watched -- now he's going to jail. Mark Strub was sentenced to six months in jail for his role as pilot, but much of that time may be spent in community service and work release. Kimberly Reed, 39, was killed during the crash at a Children's Miracle Network Balloon Rally. Strub was faulted for flying too low and operating his aircraft in a careless manner. Beyond jail and public service, Strub has been ordered by the court to pay for and participate in mediation counseling that would bring the surviving family members together with him, if they agree to it. Strub has also been ordered to write a letter of apology. For his part, Reed's husband told the Wausau Daily Herald, "I do not ever want to see the face or have my children have to look in the eye of the man who killed their mother again." Reed's father added, "It is incomprehensible to me that the charges had been reduced to a misdemeanor when my daughter, my baby is dead."