A former Illinois State Police trooper who struck and killed two Collinsville sisters has again been denied a driver's license.
Matt Mitchell was denied his request to have his driver's license reinstated last year and was denied again on April 5. It was revoked after his conviction on reckless homicide and reckless driving charges in connection with the high-speed crash that killed Kelli and Jessica Uhl and injured Fayetteville couple Kelly and Christine Marler in November 2007.
Mitchell's attorney, James Israel Slone, said he respected the hearing officer's decision and said his client will attempt to get his driver's license again.
"Matt is just making an attempt to get his driver's license back, so he can secure a job and provide for his family," Slone said.
Mitchell is eligible to appeal within 90 days of the last hearing, which was held in January.
Mitchell was driving 126 mph on the day after Thanksgiving on Interstate 64 near O'Fallon when his police cruiser left the roadway and struck a Mazda driven by Jessica Uhl, 18. Uhl and her sister, Kelli, 13, who was a passenger in the vehicle, died. Kelly Marler and his then 9-month pregnant wife, Christine, of Fayetteville, also were injured in the crash.
Prosecutors said Mitchell was sending and receiving emails and talking to his girlfriend on his cellphone in the moments before the crash. Mitchell said he was heading to a traffic accident in Lebanon, but help already was at the scene of that crash, prosecutors said.
Mitchell pleaded guilty to the reckless homicide and reckless driving charges and was sentenced to probation. He lost his job with the Illinois State Police.
Kimberly Schlau and Brian Uhl, Kelli and Jessica Uhl's parents, and their respective children received $8 million in damages.
Mitchell maintained that he was cut off by a white car, causing him to leave the roadway and lose control of his squad car.
Mitchell also was injured in the accident and filed a workers' compensation case, which was denied.
Mitchell lived in Carlyle at the time of the crash, but later moved to Killeen, Texas.