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Woman dies after hit by semi truck, car on Bishop Ford, police say

Updated: February 12, 2013 6:20AM

(DOLTON) A woman died early Tuesday after she somehow fell out of a sport utility vehicle traveling on the Bishop Ford Freeway and was hit by a semi truck and a car in south suburban Dolton, authorities said.

Jennifer Mitchell, 27, was struck sometime before 1 a.m. near 154th Street by at least two vehicles, authorities said. Mitchell, of the 9200 block of South Paxton Avenue in Chicago, was dead at the scene, authorities said.

After Mitchell fell, the white SUV she rode in continued to travel north on the Bishop Ford, Illinois State Police said. Authorities broadcasted a description of the SUV, state police said, and a trooper spotted the vehicle and followed it until the SUV crashed after exiting near 127th Street in Alsip.

The 28-year-old man behind the wheel of the SUV was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for minor injuries, state police said. After being treated at the hospital, the man was taken into custody and was being questioned by investigators Tuesday morning, state police said.

Authorities said they have not determined how or why the woman ended up outside of the SUV.

The southbound lanes of the Bishop Ford, which were closed for the investigation, were reopened before the morning rush hour.

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