Senator Bill Haine files documents to rename section of I-64 after Jessica and Kelli Uhl

10:28 PM, Dec 21, 2011   |    comments
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Springfield, IL (KSDK) - An Illinois senator filed a Senate Joint Resolution Monday to rename a section of Interstate 64 after two sisters killed in a car accident.

Senator Bill Haine proposed renaming Interstate 64 between Exit 19A at Illinois Route 158 and Exit 23 at Illinois 4 the "Jessica and Kelli Uhl Memorial Highway."

The Uhls were killed Thanksgiving weekend in 2007 when former Illinois State Trooper Matt Mitchell crossed the median and hit their vehicle. An investigation revealed Mitchell was driving in excess of 120 miles per hour, talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone, and sending and receiving e-mails on his patrol car computer.

"We wanted to fulfill the wishes of Kim Schlau, the mother of these two wonderful girls," said Haine. "She has been a tireless advocate for promoting awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, and her efforts on behalf of her daughters are truly courageous and commendable."

There is a temporary memorial on Highway 158 that says their names and says, "Reckless driving costs lives," but the marker is not visible from I-64, and will be removed in less than two years under the fatal accident memorial marker program.

The renaming of the highway will allow for appropriate signs or plaques to be erected permanently.

The Senate Joint Resolution is set to be read into the record on January 11 and receive a bill number.


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