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Man held on $500K bail after woman's death in Worth

Tribune reporter

An 18-year-old woman died Friday night when she was thrown out of the back seat of an alleged drug dealer’s car after buying prescription medication from him in south suburban Worth, Cook County prosecutors said today.

Brittany Wawrzyniak had arranged to meet Eric Johnson, 20, of Peotone, near the boat launch in Worth on 115th Street around 8 p.m. Friday, prosecutors said.

Wawrzyniak got into the back passenger seat of Johnson’s car to buy 30 pills of Clonazepam for $200, prosecutors said. Johnson handed her the cellophane-wrapped drugs, then began to drive away. Wawrzyniak opened the door and was “ejected” from the vehicle and hit the pavement, prosecutors said.

She was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Johnson, who prosecutors said later identified photos of more than 20 Clonazepam pills found at the scene as the same ones he’d sold, is charged only with delivery of a controlled substance.

Judge Adam Bourgeois, Jr. set bail today for Johnson at $500,000.

“I’m sick of people going around saying the sale of drugs is a nonviolent offense,” the judge said. “Because of this…now something tragic has happened.”

Johnson turned his head, closed his eyes and appeared to mouth an expletive as he was led back to the lockup.

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