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MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (Modified AP) _ The attorney for former Illinois state trooper Matt Mitchell told Fox 2 News this morning that a hearing scheduled today in Mount Vernon, Illinois was canceled because Mitchell and his attorney “were not ready”.  Mitchell has been trying to get his driving privileges restored after he caused a southwestern Illinois freeway crash.

J. Israel Slone, Mitchell’s attorney, told Fox 2 News that Mitchell plans to re-apply a fifth time for reinstatement of his driver’s license at a later date.   The Illinois Secretary of State’s Administrative Hearings Office in Mount Vernon, Illinois confirmed the hearing today is cancelled.  A woman in that office who handles scheduling told Fox 2 News she didn’t believe another hearing could be scheduled until August 2014 at the earliest.

Matt Mitchell has argued unsuccessfully several times to get his license back and is making use of limitless reinstatement requests allowed by law.

Mitchell was a state trooper in 2007 when his cruiser crossed the median east of St. Louis and slammed into oncoming traffic, killing Collinsville teenagers Jessica and Kelli Uhl.

Mitchell had been driving more than 120 mph at the time and using his cellphone and computer. He pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and received probation.

3 comments

  • ME

    WHY DO we bother to have a trial for this man who killed 2 young girls? He should be in JAIL, like NORMAL people.. Please do not consider giving him his privilege back.. LET him SUFFER. Just because he used to be a cop does not mean he can do whatever he wants. makes me sick.

  • middleman

    Let him use public transportation or walk. Keep him off the road. The family of those two beautiful girls deserve justice, and the public deserves to be safe.

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