Edwardsville man charged in woman's death on Chicago interstate

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 15 at 1:46 AM

DES PLAINES, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- Authorities say an Edwardsville man was charged Thursday in the death of a 27-year-old woman from Chicago.

Michael Johnson, 28, was charged with one count of aggravated driving under the influence involving death, one count of aggravated fleeing and eluding, and one count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

According to police, Jennifer Mitchell was fatally struck by a car and semi truck when she fell from the passenger side of her SUV as it was traveling on Interstate 94 just south of Chicago. It is unclear if Mitchell was pushed or jumped from the vehicle, according to authorities, but Johnson was driving her SUV when it crashed.

Police say Johnson then tried to elude police and fled on foot, but was later captured by state troopers. Over the course of an investigation, police said they were able to determine that Johnson and Mitchell had been together at several points before the fatal wreckt.

Johnson has a criminal history which includes seven arrests and two convictions, according to police. The arrests reportedly include four charges for assault, one charge for larceny, one charge for criminal property damage, and one charge for obstructing justice. The convictions are for domestic battery, police said.

Johnson is set to appear in a Cook County court on Feb. 15.

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