BELLEVILLE, IL (KMOX)-The attorney for the family of Kelli and Jessica Uhl, says they are ‘outraged’ by allegations that the arbitrator in former State Trooper Matt Mitchell’s workers’ compensation case tried to hold his hearing “on the sly with no press.”
Tom Keefe says the report in the Belleville News Democrat, that arbitrator Jennifer Teague changed the date, time and place of the hearing without notification, is like salt in the family’s wounds, “This just seems like a nightmare and they just can’t wake up from it. They have been consistently betrayed by people who have sworn oaths to protect them.”
A spokeswoman tells KMOX that the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission is investigating the allegations and that the investigation, ”Could take some time.”
Mitchell is seeking compensation for injuries suffered in the November 2007 accident that killed the Uhl sisters. He pleaded guilty but then took the stand and denied responsibility. Then-trooper Mitchell was driving 126 mph, talking on his cell phone and emailing when he caused the crash on I-64.
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