Posted On: September 22, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Ex-State Trooper Convicted of Motor Vehicle Deaths of Uhl Sisters Seeks Illinois Workers’ Compensation Benefits for His Injuries from the Crash

Matt Mitchell, the former Illinois state trooper who pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless homicide in the car accident deaths of 18-year-old Jessica Uhl and her 14-year-old sister Kelli has filed an Illinois workers’ compensation claim for the injuries he sustained during the 2007 car accident. Mitchell was on-duty when the vehicle he was driving collided with the car driven by Jessica on Interstate 64 close to O’Fallon on November 3, 2007.

According to investigators, Mitchell was emailing another cop, talking on his cell phone, and driving at speeds as high as 126 ph when his patrol car drove across a median and crashed head on into the sisters’ vehicle. At the time, Mitchell was hurrying to a traffic cash site.

As part of his plea agreement, Uhl was sentenced to 30 months probation. Following the fatal car accident, Mitchell was suspended with pay for two years. He eventually resigned from the Illinois State Police.

Meantime, the Uhl sisters’ parents are still waiting for a verdict in the Illinois wrongful death lawsuit that they filed with the Illinois Court of Claims. They are seeking $46 million in damages. Also injured in the high-speed crash were Kelly and Christine Marler.

Even though Mitchell caused the deadly car crash, he did so while doing his job and also was injured. This means that he may be entitled to receive Illinois workers’ compensation benefits for his work injuries. Also, under state law, negligence or recklessness on the injured worker’s part does not cause him/her to lose the right to receive work injury benefits.

Ex-trooper who killed two seeks workers' compensation, Stltoday.com, September 22, 2010

Ex-trooper convicted in double fatal crash wants money for his injuries, BND.com, September 21, 2010


Related Web Resources:
Illinois Car Accident Lawsuit: Uhl Family Seeks $46 Million for Wrongful Death of Daughters From Police Pursuit, Chicagocaraccidentattorneysblog.com, May 7, 2010

Illinois Court of Claims, CyberDriveIllinois

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