$1 Million Bail Set for Man Charged in Freeway Death

Michael Johnson has seven arrests, two domestic battery convictions on his record, officials say

Friday, Feb 15, 2013  |  Updated 5:27 PM CDT
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Jennifer Mitchell was remembered Tuesday as a "beautiful, friendly girl." Charlie Wojciechowski reports.
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The man accused in the death of a 27-year-old woman ejected form her vehicle on the Bishop Ford Freeway was held Friday on $1 million bail.

A Dolton man with a long arrest history was charged Thursday in connection with the death of a woman who died earlier this week after being pushed or jumped from a moving vehicle on the Bishop Ford Freeway.

Michael Johnson, 28, faces charges of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence Involving Death, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, and Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Accident, according to a release from Illinois State Police.

Officials say Johnson was driving a white SUV southbound on Interstate 94 early Tuesday when Jennifer Mitchell tumbled out of the vehicle and was struck by another car. Officials said they still didn't know if Mitchell was pushed or if she fell out of the SUV.

Johnson didn't stop and crashed into another vehicle when he tried to exit the freeway onto West 127th Street, officials said. He ran off but was arrested by Illinois State Police troopers.

Johnson's criminal history includes seven arrests and two convictions for domestic battery, officials said.

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