Alton State Senator Bill Haine has introduced a resolution dedicating a stretch of Interstate 64 in memory of Jessica and Kelli Uhl, two Collinsville sisters who were killed Thanksgiving weekend in 2007 by former Illinois State Trooper Matt Mitchell, who was convicted of reckless homicide for his involvement in the accident.
"We wanted to fulfill the wishes of Kim Schlau, the mother of these two wonderful girls," Haine stated. "She has been a tireless advocate for promoting awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and her efforts on behalf of her daughters are truly courageous and commendable."
The Senate Joint Resolution, which was filed last week, renames the section of Interstate 64 between Exit 19A at Illinois Route 158 and Exit 23 at Illinois Route 4 as the Jessica and Kelli Uhl Memorial Highway. The resolution provides for appropriate signs or plaques to be erected to display this designation. A temporary memorial has already been placed on Highway 158 in honor of Jessica and Kelli Uhl under the fatal accident memorial marker program. The memorial contains the names of the two girls and states "Reckless Driving Costs Lives," but the marker is not visible from Interstate 64 and will be removed in less than two years unless this legislation is passed making the memorial permanent.
"I would also like to thank Representative Dwight Kay for his sponsorship in the House and assuring its quick passage," Haine added. The Senate Joint Resolution will be read into the record on January 11th, 2012 and will receive a bill number at that time.