Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Right to Collect Money when you Kill People

This is a bit much for me to stomach, but here's a story of a cop demanding that he get "compensation" for injuries he sustained when he drove his police car at 126 mph while "texting and talking to his girlfriend", crossed the median, and had a head-on collision with another car. He killed two people, but he collected his pay of $68,000/year for two years while suspended from the force, and he was "sentenced" to 30 months probation, i.e. no punishment! Now he wants taxpayers to pay "worker's compensation" for injuries sustained "on the job" when in fact he was goofing off and ended up killing innocent people:
Former Illinois State trooper Matt Mitchell is asking the state to compensate him for injuries from a crash in which he hit and killed two Collinsville sisters at triple-digit speeds.


Mitchell was driving 126 mph in busy day-after-Thanksgiving traffic on Interstate 64 near O'Fallon while sending and receiving e-mails and talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone moments before the crash. Mitchell was responding to an accident near Lebanon, but help already was at the scene of the accident where Mitchell was responding, authorities said.
Mitchell crossed over the median and hit the girls' car head-on. He sustained severe leg injuries.
After the accident, Mitchell was suspended with pay for nearly two years, drawing his $68,000 annual salary. He resigned from the Illinois State Police after pleading guilty to the criminal charges.
Mitchell pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and reckless driving in exchange for a sentence of 30 months probation.
Although 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 or not Mitchell was doing his job as a state trooper when the accident occurred.
I'm surprised he isn't demanding an award ceremony, a decoration, and a pay hike for "diligence" in the line of duty. It takes a special skill to kill two people by crossing median on an interstate and hitting an oncoming car head-on. I'm sure he will be back in court soon demanding "recognition" for his "heroism" and "acting above and beyond the call of duty" in mowing down these innocent victims!

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