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Settlement Delivered to Fayetteville Couple in Deadly Crash with State Trooper

A 2007 crash involving a state trooper in southern Illinois resulted in a settlement to a Fayetteville couple injured in the crash.

On the day after Thanksgiving in 2007, former Illinois State Trooper Matt Mitchell was driving over 100 mph in his squad car on Interstate 64 while talking on his cell phone. Mitchell also sent an email just before he lost control of the squad car and crossed the median, causing an accident with two other cars.

Two Collinsville sisters, Kelli Uhl and Jessica Uhl, were killed in the accident. Fayetteville residents Kelly and Christine Marler were also injured in the crash. Christine was eight-months pregnant at the time of the accident and suffered serious knee injuries. Kelly had wrist injuries as a result of the accident.

The settlement for the Marlers was approved by the Illinois Court of Claims a year ago. However, the state legislature had to pass an appropriations bill in order for the settlement to be paid.

Mitchell was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to reckless homicide charges. He currently resides in Texas.

Accidents are never predictable, nor are the losses. If you or a loved one knows someone who has lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident, call Spiros Law, P.C., at (815) 929-9292 for professional legal representation.