Former ISP trooper blamed in crash that killed Uhl sisters seeks license again

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by Stephanie Baumer and Brendan Marks / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 6:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 7:40 PM

(KMOV) -- A former Illinois State Trooper who killed two sisters on interstate 64 in 2007 attempted to get his driver’s license back for a fourth time during a hearing in Mount Vernon on Wednesday.

Matt Mitchell made his fourth appeal since giving up his license in a 2010 plea deal for reckless homicide charges. He also served 30 months probation.  

During the hearing, Mitchell said he has been living with his daughter in Carlyle, Ill. since July. He had been staying with family in Texas but said they could no longer afford to help him and his daughter.

The state has 90 days to determine whether his license should be reinstated. If Mitchell loses the appeal, he can attempt to get it reinstated for a fifth time in February.

Mitchell was driving more than 125 mph and using his cell phone near O’Fallon, Ill. the day after Thanksgiving in 2007 when he crossed the median and struck Jessica,18,and Kelli, 13, Uhl. Both girls died in the accident.

Mitchell’s most recent attempted to reinstate his license ended in July.

The father of Jessica and Kelli Uhl was also in attendance and read a statement. 

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