By: Diane Benjamin
The only reason I FOIAd’s the State Police report for the accident involving the Normal West student who died earlier this year was because of a tip from a reader.
If you didn’t know, the driver of the vehicle who hit her was the son of Bloomington’s Fire Chief, Brian Mohr. Mitchel Mohr was a volunteer firefighter in the Carlock Fire Department. It appears the readers questions were justified.
Mohr was ticketed for:
- Disobeying a traffic signal
- Failure to reduce speed
- Not wearing a seat belt
ISP obtained video of the crash from a surveillance camera in the area. They could clearly tell when the light changed. Two people witnessed the crash, one was behind the victim. Both told ISP the light was green from the victims direction. I believe one witness was a nurse. The second witness was a fire fighter from El Paso. Both rendered aid until EMS arrived.
The troubling part is ISP received permission from the victim’s mother to examine her cell phone. The reports indicate she was not using it at the time of the crash. Mitchel was only ASKED if he was using his cell phone. There was no mention in the reports that his cell phone was examined the way the victim’s was. Why was that?
Officers on the scene reported not smelling alcohol from Mohr, but blood and urine tests were run at the hospital. The report indicated no alcohol or drugs present.
The report shows a conflict in the color of the lights at the time of the crash. The surveillance video shows the light yellow from Mohr’s direction. Both witnesses claim the victim had a green light when she entered the intersection. The reports do not mention the discrepancy.
This pic was included in the report:
Mohr was driving the truck headed South. He told ISP he was trying to beat a yellow light. The surveillance video claims the light was yellow at the time of the crash.
Two witnesses claim the victim had a green light. How did she enter the intersection on a green light, get clear across the intersection, and then get hit by a truck with a yellow light?
Why was an examination of Mohr’s phone not done?
The two reports I received show more questions than answers. It’s a tragedy for all involved. The lights don’t make any sense and neither does ISP not examining Mohr’s phone.
I purposely didn’t link the reports in respect to the victim’s family. I will email them upon request.