• Ex-trooper blamed in deadly crash seeks license

    by  • July 23, 2013 • News

    MOUNT VERNON — (AP) — A hearing officer is weighing whether to restore the Illinois driver’s license of a former state trooper blamed for a 2007 freeway crash in that killed two sisters.

    Matt Mitchell

    Matt Mitchell

    The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Matt Mitchell said during Tuesday’s hearing in Mount Vernon that he’ll never drive again in Illinois. Now living in Texas, he says he needs the license to get a job.

    A decision is expected within 90 days.

    Mitchell was a state trooper driving more than 120 mph and using his cellphone in November 2007 when his car crossed the median on Interstate 64 east of St. Louis and slammed into a car occupied by two Collinsville sisters. The girls, ages 18 and 13, died.

    Mitchell later received probation after pleading guilty to reckless homicide.