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Ex-trooper again seeks license since deadly wreck

MOUNT VERNON – A former Illinois state trooper trying for a fifth time to get his driver's license back since a deadly 2007 crash admits he caused the wreck and was distracted moments before it.

Matt Mitchell offered at times a tearful recounting of the southwestern Illinois crash to a hearing officer Wednesday in Mount Vernon.

Miller says he didn't realize he was driving 126 miles per hour when his cruiser crossed the Interstate 64 median and slammed into oncoming traffic, killing two Collinsville sisters.

He admits he had been typing on his in-car computer and talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone before the crash.

He pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and received probation.

A decision on Mitchell's request could come in 90 days.

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