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03-17-08, 06:37 PM #1
IL State Trooper Indicted in Crash
Illinois State Trooper indicted in fatal crash
The Associated Press
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BELLEVILLE, Ill. - A special grand jury in St. Clair County has indicted Illinois State Trooper Matt Mitchell on reckless homicide charges, in a Nov. 23 crash that killed two Collinsville sisters.
Authorities saids at the indictment Friday that 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 18-year-old Jessica Uhl and her 13-year-old sister, Kelli.
The girls died at the scene.
Besides the two counts of reckless homicide, the grand jury also indicted Mitchell on two counts of aggravated reckless driving for injuries suffered by Kelly Marler and his pregnant wife, Christine, both of Fayetteville.I'm not ruining your life, you are, and I'm just going to write a short story about it.
03-17-08, 07:41 PM #2
03-18-08, 12:49 AM #3
A similar crash also occurred recently in New York:
Trooper fired after fatal crash
Associated Press - January 5, 2008 10:15 AM ET
LYONS, N.Y. (AP) - A trooper whose speeding police cruiser hit a woman's car in October, killing her and injuring her 7-year-old son, has been fired, according to State Police.
Erik Kristansen, a late 2006 academy graduate, was on routine probation at the time, police spokesman Sgt. Kern Swoboda said.
He was responding to a call Oct. 14 to assist a Wayne County sheriff's deputy who had stopped a vehicle in Sodus believed involved in a robbery.
Authorities say the trooper's lights and siren were activated. Kristansen drove up to 127 mph, came on the car driven by Shonda Skinner, 30, of North Rose, skidded and hit the car at 83 mph.
A grand jury cleared Kristansen of criminal wrongdoing.
Her family plans to sue."never bring paws to a gunfight" - Jenna
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