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Prosecutors: Worth teen fell to death from drug dealer`s car

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

An 18-year-old woman was buying drugs Friday night when she was ejected from the back seat of an alleged drug dealer's car, struck the pavement and died, Cook County prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Brittany Wawrzyniak met Eric Steven Johnson at 8 p.m. Friday at a boat launch in the 7400 block of West 115th Street in Worth to buy four grams of Clonazepam.

Clonazepam is used to treat panic and seizure disorders, according to the Mayo Clinic website and it requires a doctor's prescription.

Wawrzyniak got into the backseat of Johnson's car and handed him $200, prosecutors said. Johnson gave Wawrzyniak 30 pills, which she began counting in the backseat.

Johnson began to drive away with Wawrzyniak still in the backseat, prosecutors said. Wawrzyniak opened the door of the moving car and was ejected, striking the pavement.

Worth police said she was found when officers were called to an accident with injuries. Wawrzyniak, of the 10800 block of South Nashville Avenue in Worth, died at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn about 50 minutes later.

Johnson, 20, is charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

He appeared in court Monday wearing a blue-gray shirt, blue jeans and black Nike gym shoes. Judge Adam Bourgeois ordered him held on a $300,000 bond.

"A lot of people go around and say the sale of drugs is non-violent," Bourgeois said. "I disagree, because of it something tragic happened."

Johnson, of the 11700 block of Barr Road in Peotone, was charged with burglary in 2011 and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance earlier this year, authorities said.

His public defender said he lives with his parents and went to South Suburban College for a semester.

Wawrzyniak's family attended the hearing, but did not comment.

A memorial service in her honor was scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday near where she died in Worth.

"We don't know what happened," her mother, Rebecca Tully, of Worth, said Sunday.

Friends have set up a Brittany Wawrzyniak Memorial Fund, which can be found on RIP Wawrzyniak Facebook page. Hughes said the family had no insurance for Wawrzyniak, who graduated from Shepard High in Palos Heights and was studying at the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago.

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