A former Illinois State Police Trooper will not be receiving workman's compensation benefits for injuries he sustained in a fatal traffic accident. After hearing testimony from both sides, the Worker's Compensation Commission decided that Matt Mitchell's actions were "willful and wanton" and that Mitchell was likely driving in excess of 120 miles-per-hour and on the phone when his vehicle crossed a median and struck a vehicle head on, killing Jessica and Kelli Uhl of Collinsville. Two others were also injured in the accident.
Mitchell pleaded guilty to four felony charges in association with the wreck; two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of wreckless driving. He will not be able to appeal the decision because he was a state employee at the time of the accident.