Jessic and Kelli Uhl
By Sharon Stevens
SPRINGFIELD, IL (KSDK) - It's the highest award ever approved by the Illinois Court of Claims. Eight million dollars has been awarded to the parents of two teenage girls killed by an Illinois State Police trooper in a speeding car.
Kimberly Schlau, the girls' mother, told reporters nothing can ever make the family whole again but they can finally shut the door on the proceedings.
In November 2007, 18-year-old Jessica Uhl and 13-year-old Kelli Uhl were killed when Illinois state trooper Matt Mitchell, driving at speeds in excess of 126-miles an hour, crashed into their vehicle, killing them instantly.
Mitchell had been talking on his cell phone and e-mailing a colleague.
Mitchell pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless homicide and received 30 months probation.
At one point, the family sought $46 million.
The family says it will use some of the money to fund scholarships named in honor of Jessica and Kelli.
Kimberly Schlau and Brian Uhl, the girls' father, will split the award with some of the money going to the surviving siblings.
The Illinois legislature is expected to approve special legislation to provide the payout by April. According to one source, the state cannot contest the payment so there will be no appeal.