A stretch of Interstate 64 will be officially dedicated to a pair of sisters killed five years ago in a collision with an Illinois state trooper who lost control of his patrol car while driving more than 100 mph.
Illinois Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) and State Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) will dedicate the roadway to Kelli and Jessica Uhl, of Collinsville, at 10 a.m. Monday at the Regency Conference Center in O'Fallon.
"Through the dedication of this memorial, we fulfill the wishes of the girls' family as we join together to remember Jessica and Kelli Uhl and continue to honor their memory," Haine said. "Reckless driving can cause such irreparable devastation. While we can never heal the wounds inflicted by this tragic loss of innocent life, we can keep their memory alive for our citizens."
Senate Joint Resolution 40, which passed both legislative chambers unanimously in the spring, renames the section of Interstate 64 between Exit 19A at Illinois Route 158 and Exit 23 at Illinois Route 4 as the Jessica and Kelli Uhl Memorial Highway. Signs will be erected along the designated portion of Interstate 64.
The teenage girls were on a shopping trip the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, 2007 when former trooper Matt Mitchell, who was found to be talking on his cell phone and reading e-mail on his dashtop computer at the time of the collision, lost control of his car and skidded through the median.