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Man charged with aggravated DUI after womans falls from SUV, dies

A Downstate man was charged with aggravated DUI after a Chicago woman fell out of the SUV he was driving on the Bishop Ford Freeway early Tuesday and was fatally struck by a semi truck and car near south suburban Dolton.

Jennifer Mitchell, 27, was struck by at least two vehicles just before 1 a.m. Tuesday near 154th Street in Dolton, authorities said. Mitchell, of the 9200 block of South Paxton, died at the scene.

Illinois State Police said Thursday that Michael D. Johnson, 28, of Edwardsville, was charged with one count each of aggravated DUI involving death, aggravated fleeing and eluding and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Mitchell fell from the passenger side of her own SUV on southbound Interstate 94, but a statement from State Police said “it remains unclear if Mitchell was pushed or jumped.”

Johnson was driving the SUV and did not stop when Mitchell fell out. He continued southward until he crash at the exit ramp near 127th Street, according to police. He then attempted to run away, but state troopers caught him.

He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of minor injuries, State Police said.

Police said Mitchell and Johnson were “connected at various locations” throughout the night of the incident.

An autopsy on Tuesday was inconclusive; results were pending police investigation.

Johnson, who was scheduled to appear in bond court Friday in Markham, has a long criminal history, including two convictions, both for domestic battery; at least seven other arrests, including four for assault, according to State Police.



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