Trooper Charged with Reckless Homicide in Crash which Killed Two Sisters

9:43 PM, Mar 14, 2008   |    comments
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(KSDK) -- Trooper Matt Mitchell has been indicted on two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of reckless driving for losing control of his cruiser and crashing into another car, killing two teenage sisters. The indictments handed up by the special Grand Jury reviewing the investigation were announced during a press conference Friday. Investigators said Trooper Matt Mitchell was on his way to a crash when he crossed the median on Interstate 64, and crashed into the car Jessica Uhl was driving killing her and her sister, Kelli Uhl. The St. Clair County coroner’s jury found Mitchell was driving 126 miles-per-hour just moments before the accident on November 23. The grand jury determined mitchell was going to fast while responding to an accident call. According to the indictment, speed and other activities Mitchell was engaged in aside from driving caused him to lose control, cross the median, and crash into the Uhl's. The sisters died at the scene. "Clearly there is no evidence of alcohol or drug use in this case but the indictment alleges conduct in addition to the speed that caused the accident," said St. Clair County State's Attorney Bob Haida. Exactly what that conduct was in not spelled out in the indictment. According to Illinois State Police Trooper Mitchell said an unknown vehicle drove into his path causing him to swerve into oncoming traffic. "I can't comment on the existence or non-existence of a white car or silver car or any other car," Haida said. "I can tell you all the issues were considered." Trooper Mitchell is charged with two additional reckless driving felonies related to a second car he hit. That crash seriously injured a Fayetteville, Illinois couple. Matt Mitchell is scheduled to make his first court appearance next Thursday at 10 a.m. Tom Keefe, an attorney representing the Uhls, says the family hopes today's indictment leads to a serious evaluation of law enforcement with regards to safe driving.


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