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Cop Drives 126mph While Texting, Kills Teen Girls

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Tragic in every sense.

Everyone should be well aware of the dangers associated to talking on the phone while driving. But something that should be completely banned is using a cell phone to text or email while driving.

Sadly, despite this being illegal in many states, an Illinois state trooper wasn't practicing any semblance of common sense and ended up killing two teen girls and injuring another two.

Former Illinois State trooper Matt Mitchell was driving at 126 mph on Interstate 64 while emailing/texting his girlfriend on his phone. In his state, he crossed over the median and crashed head-on to another car, killing sisters Kelli and Jessica Uhl and injuring Kelly and Christine Marler, of Fayetteville. Mitchell sustained severe injuries to his leg.

Mitchell was suspended with pay for two years on his $68,000 annual salary. After pleading guilty to criminal charges, Mitchell resigned from the state police. His guilty plea landed him 30 months probation.

Now Mitchell is filing for worker's compensation, which could result in him receiving tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars, which are non-taxable.

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    awaken688 , September 23, 2010 2:05 PM
    If this is true, vomit.
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    Anonymous , September 23, 2010 2:13 PM
    Civilian "breaks the law" and rolls slowly through a stop sign and does nothing dangerous to hurt anybody = $200 fine.

    Cop "breaks the law" and texts while driving and kills 2 people = two years of paid vacation.

    On the bright side, at least the families can get some justice and sue the cop and take that worker's compensation check from him, for he surely does not deserve a penny of it.
  • 32 Hide
    Soul_keeper , September 23, 2010 2:10 PM
    Geeze, government employee's get it all "2yrs with pay" and "worker's compensation"
    I guess killing people pays in the eyes of the government ...
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  • 43 Hide
    awaken688 , September 23, 2010 2:05 PM
    If this is true, vomit.
  • 26 Hide
    Anonymous , September 23, 2010 2:07 PM
    I believe this happened years ago - I think the news here is that he's now seeking compensation.
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    dallaswits , September 23, 2010 2:09 PM
    Wow, i cant imagine being the parents of those kids.
    Or what it would be like to pay such a huge price for a mistake.

    Sad story all around.
    (Ignore texts while driving FFS)
  • 32 Hide
    Soul_keeper , September 23, 2010 2:10 PM
    Geeze, government employee's get it all "2yrs with pay" and "worker's compensation"
    I guess killing people pays in the eyes of the government ...
  • 26 Hide
    dallaswits , September 23, 2010 2:11 PM
    I read the info article.

    "he insisted on the stand that he was not responsible for this crash"
    This guy didnt even take ownership of his mistake in court, FAIL.
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    delazaren , September 23, 2010 2:11 PM
    anybody else would have gone to jail for decades.
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    warezme , September 23, 2010 2:11 PM
    I hope the ass gets sued into poverty because the system is not doing the justice.
  • 41 Hide
    Anonymous , September 23, 2010 2:13 PM
    Civilian "breaks the law" and rolls slowly through a stop sign and does nothing dangerous to hurt anybody = $200 fine.

    Cop "breaks the law" and texts while driving and kills 2 people = two years of paid vacation.

    On the bright side, at least the families can get some justice and sue the cop and take that worker's compensation check from him, for he surely does not deserve a penny of it.
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    dallaswits , September 23, 2010 2:13 PM
    dallaswitsI read the info article."he insisted on the stand that he was not responsible for this crash"This guy didnt even take ownership of his mistake in court, FAIL.


    He didnt get compensation.
    He was first suspended with pay while the court proceeding where ongoing.
    Then lost his job completely once he plead guilty.
    And i doubt he will recieve unemployment.

    However, if he had insurance at the time of the wreck, it should have covered his injuries, i dont see how the state owes him a thing.
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    sirmorluk , September 23, 2010 2:13 PM
    This is sad to the Nth degree. Cop should be in prison for life. Cell phone use and texting while driving should be as bad of an offense as DUI.
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    mrmotion , September 23, 2010 2:14 PM
    30 months probation for vehicular manslaughter... Tell me if anyone other than a cop wouldn't be doing ten or more years. This is bullshit!
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    jvc21 , September 23, 2010 2:14 PM
    Uh...what? worker's compensation? for being an idiot driver and killing two teen girls that shouldn't have died?

    That's just messed up. I hope he doesn't get jack.
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    JOSHSKORN , September 23, 2010 2:15 PM
    This just makes me sick.
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    Nickolie , September 23, 2010 2:16 PM
    I wonder how many people hes busted for speeding, or using their phones whilst driving? I hope he gets sent down for this - a cop in prision is soon going to be someones play toy.
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    Anonymous , September 23, 2010 2:16 PM
    No JAIl for this guy? is this a joke? just that he has to pay money ?
    what a joke this is, in all the world! i hope his family " benefits" from the same treatment that that family did when tehy died!
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    Spazzy , September 23, 2010 2:17 PM
    Probation?!?!?!?! He should be jailed....its as bad as driving while intoxicated......
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    nforce4max , September 23, 2010 2:18 PM
    Suspended with Pay WTF! If I were to do the same I would get a death sentence yet this guy gets to go free with pay! That is truly hypocrisy on part of the legal system. -_-
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    Eggrenade , September 23, 2010 2:18 PM
    Illinois really is this screwed up; speaker of the house Madigan and his daughter are worse than Blago, trust me.
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    ryu750 , September 23, 2010 2:19 PM
    I have never understood this. can somebody please explain this to me. If a person would have killed somebody accidentally they would be charged with manslaughter, fines and possible jail time.

    If a police officer kills somebody accidentally, they get two years vacation and $136,000?
  • 16 Hide
    theusual , September 23, 2010 2:19 PM
    How did he not get jail time? Ridiculous.
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