Mother of 2 girls killed by ISP trooper fights his request to drive again

Kelli and Jessica Uhl
Kelli and Jessica Uhl Photo credit Courtesy Kimberly Schlau

A woman who lost her daughters when a state trooper crashed into their car head on, continues to fight to keep that former trooper from driving again.

Illinois State Police Trooper Matt Mitchell has requested his driving privileges be reinstated.

Kim Schlau explained to KMOX's Total Information AM why she feels he should never drive again. "Based on the facts that he had seven prior crashes before killing Jessica and Kelli, and the facts of the speed, the fact he was responding to a call that was already handled, that he was on his phone, that he was on his computer, that did not show that he understood that driving is a privilege."

The investigation would show that Mitchell was traveling 126 miles per hour when he crossed into oncoming traffic on Interstate 64. Schau's daughters, Jessica and Kelli Uhl, were 18 and 13 when they were killed the day after Thanksgiving 2007. "Yes it's been 16 years since I lost my daughters," says Schlau, adding, "every day I wonder... ...would I have grandkids, that kind of thing. It is part of the ongoing grief process that we go through."

Mitchell's request to get behind the wheel again will be considered by an Illinois Secretary of State administrative hearing officer next week.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy Kimberly Schlau