BELLEVILLE -- Former Illinois State Police Director Larry Trent testified this
morning in a wrongful-death case against the state that Trooper Matt Mitchell's
actions were irresponsible and reflected poor judgment when he rushed down
Interstate 64 in his patrol car at high speed before crashing into another
vehicle, killing two teens.
"It's indefensible," Trent testified before a hearing officer for the Illinois
Court of Claims. Trent was director when the crash occurred in late 2007.
He said Mitchell did not use reasonable care when he drove 126 mph, sent an
e-mail from the car computer, and talked on his cell phone before the crash.