Stretch of I-64 Named For Uhl Sisters
O’FALLON, IL (KTVI) – A stretch of Interstate 64 in the Metro East will be renamed on Monday in honor of two sisters who were killed after an Illinois State Trooper slammed into their car.
Kelli and Jessica Uhl were killed on the day after Thanksgiving 2007 when former Illinois State Police trooper Matt Mitchell crashed into their car on I-64. Mitchell was going 126 miles per hour responding to a call and was on his cell phone and computer just before he lost control of his cruiser. He crossed the center median of the highway and collided with the Uhl sisters’ car.
Mitchell was eventually convicted for reckless homicide for his role in the horrific crash. He is no longer a state trooper.
Monday, a four-mile stretch of I-64 was dedicated in honor of the sisters. The renaming of the highway was passed last year by both Illinois legislative chambers. Senator Bill Haine of Alton who worked to pass the measure said the memorial will help keep the memory of the Uhl sisters alive.