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Illinois State Trooper indicted in fatal crash relieved of duties

March 19, 2008 7:23:24 AM PDT
An Illinois State trooper who's under indictment on reckless homicide charges in the traffic deaths of two sisters has been relieved of his duties. Trooper Matt Mitchell is accused in the deaths 18-year-old Jessica Uhl and her 13-year-old sister, Kelli, of Collinsville on November 23rd.

Mitchell's police-issued car was rushing east on Interstate 64 at 126 mph to the scene of an earlier wreck in Mascoutah when it swerved across the median in Shiloh. It ran into the path of a car occupied by the two sisters.

The girls died at the scene.

State Police Lieutenant Scott Compton says Mitchell wasn't fired or suspended but would no longer have access to Illinois State Police reports or facilities pending the outcome of the case.


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