Around certain parts of the country (my small hub of Missouri City as well), city and state governments are starting to institute a “No Texting While Driving” policy, which can result in fines and tickets from police officers if caught. I thought the law was pretty amusing since the police can’t really figure out how to even enforce the law given that the cell phone is technology’s version of the Swiss Army knife.

After reading this story about a police officer killing two women after driving 126-MPH while texting and driving, I might have to side with the government on this one.

Former Illinois State trooper Matt Mitchell is asking the state to compensate him for injuries from the crash in which he hit and killed Collinsville sisters at triple-digit speeds.

Mitchell filed a worker’s compensation case on Sept. 13 against the Illinois State Police. It is pending.

“I wouldn’t have filed the case if I thought it was frivolous or didn’t have merit,” said Kerri O’Sullivan, of the St. Louis firm of Brown and Crouppen, who represents Mitchell. “People get hurt at work all the time. It’s our job as lawyers to help people with the difficult and complicated administrative process of worker’s compensation.”

First off, the mere fact he’s suing for damages proves that any lawsuit in this county can be made without real moral fiber. It was his actions that caused his injuries and pushing a car as fast as he did without paying attention proves not only his recklessness behind the wheel but the idiocy of the law firm who wants to make a name for themselves if they win.

Mitchell was driving 126 mph in busy day-after-Thanksgiving traffic on Interstate 64 near O’Fallon. Prosecutors said he was sending and receiving e-mails and talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone in the moments before the crash. Help was already at the scene of the accident to which Mitchell was responding, prosecutors have said.

Mitchell sustained severe leg injuries and was temporarily in a wheel chair.

Mitchell pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and reckless driving in exchange for a sentence of 30 months of probation. Though Mitchell pleaded guilty to causing the accident, he can still receive a worker’s compensation award, three lawyers agreed, saying that the only defense the state may have is whether Mitchell was doing his job as a state trooper when the accident occurred.


126-mph. That’s the glaring number right there. If anything, the guy shouldn’t get anything for what he did and to get two and a half years probation for killing two people shows that America cares more about cops who kill people rather than its average citizens who commit the crime.

Sigh, my country, my country.