A trooper involved in a crash that killed Collinsville teens wants his license back

A trooper involved in a crash that killed Collinsville teens wants his license back

SPRNGFIELD — For years, former Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White blocked a former state trooper’s attempts to regain his driving privileges after a high-speed crash that killed teenage sisters from Collinsville on a busy St. Clair County highway in 2007. .

But after White retires, Matt Mitchell will try again.

Mitchell has not applied to reinstate his driver’s license since 2014, when White rejected a hearing officer’s recommendation that Mitchell’s license be reinstated. White did not believe Mitchell made a convincing case, a spokesman said, adding that as an elected official, it was White’s responsibility to make the decision.
When it comes to a death in a driving violation that results in revocation, a formal hearing must be held before the individual can have their driving privileges restored, according to Secretary of State spokesman Henry Haupt. The hearing officer presides over a formal hearing at which testimony and evidence are presented, and then issues a recommendation to the Office of the Secretary of State. The Secretary’s Office can accept or reject this recommendation.

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