Former ISP trooper tries to get license back after crash that killed Uhl sisters

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 5:45 PM

(KMOV) – A hearing was held on Tuesday to determine whether a former Illinois State Trooper who caused a wreck that killed two Collinsville sisters should get his driving privileges reinstated.

Officer Matt Mitchell was driving more than 125 mph and using his cellphone on Interstate 64 near O’Fallon, Illinois the day after Thanksgiving in 2007 when he crossed the median and hit Jessica and Kelli Uhl. The girls, ages 18 and 13, died.

The wreck also injured a pregnant woman and her husband in another vehicle.

Mitchell’s license was revoked in 2010 after pleading guilty to two counts of reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving. He received 30 months probation.

The hearing was held at the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office at 320 E. Main Street in Mount Vernon. The state of Illinois now has up to 90 days to determine whether Mitchell’s driving privileges will be reinstated. This is his third appeal since July 2012.

Mitchell said during Tuesday’s hearing that he’ll never drive again in Illinois. Now living in Texas with his sister, her family and his 10-year-old daughter, he says he needs the license to get a job.

“I think it will help me get a job so I can provide for my daughter,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell also said he wanted to be at the hearing so he could address the Uhl family in person.

“I’m 35 years old. I’m not a 29-year-old kid,” he said. “I am not a monster.”

But the mother of the Uhl sisters didn’t share Mitchell’s sentiment.

“We have a life sentence of being denied our children,” she said.

 

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