Ex-trooper blamed in deadly crash seeks license

MOUNT VERNON — A former Illinois State Police trooper blamed for a 2007 freeway crash in that killed two sisters in southwestern Illinois is making another push to get his driving privileges restored.

The Illinois Secretary of State's office tells the Belleville News-Democrat that Matt Mitchell is scheduled for a license-reinstatement hearing Tuesday morning in Mount Vernon. A hearing officer in April turned down Mitchell's request to get his license back.

Mitchell was a state trooper driving more than 120 mph and using his cellphone in November 2007 when his car crossed the median on Interstate 64 east of St. Louis and slammed into a car occupied by two Collinsville sisters. The girls, ages 18 and 13, died.

Mitchell later pleaded guilty to reckless homicide charges and received probation.