While the family of a Worth teenager who died after falling out of a car in November continues to press for details about her death, Worth police say the investigation is “active” and they intend to complete it as quickly as possible.
Officials say Brittany Wawrzyniak, 18, was buying drugs from a man when he took off in his car and she was ejected from the back seat, falling to the pavement and later dying at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
The man, Eric S. Johnson, 21, of Peotone, is charged with selling a controlled substance and is being held at Cook County Jail on $300,000 bail, jail records show. He has not been charged in her death.
Jeanie Hughes, a friend of Wawrzyniak’s family, has said that they believe the teenager was a victim of a violent crime. But that was based on rumors and not anything police told them, Hughes said.
Brittany’s father, Patrick Wawrzyniak, took his concerns before the Worth Village Board on Tuesday night. During the public comments portion of the meeting ....
Before the meeting, Worth Police Chief Martin Knolmayer told the SouthtownStar the case “is a pending and active investigation.
“We’ve met with the family. The only thing we’re waiting for is we have some search warrants for some telephones, some forensic examination, we’re waiting for that before we can conclude our investigation,” Knolmayer said. “I understand that they have their concerns with the investigation, and we understand that. We’re talking about an 18-year-old young lady who passed. We understand their concern, yet we’d rather conduct a thorough investigation. As soon as we can conclude this for the family’s sake, that is our intention.”
Prosecutors said Brittany Wawrzyniak met Johnson about 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at a boat launch in the 7400 block of 115th Street to buy four grams of Clonazepam, a prescription drug used to treat panic and seizure disorders.
Wawrzyniak got into the back seat of Johnson’s car and handed him $200 for 30 pills of Clonazepam, which she began counting as Johnson began to drive away, according to prosecutors. They said Wawrzyniak opened the door of the moving car and fell out.
Worth police said she was found when police responded to a call of an accident with injuries. Wawrzyniak, of the 10800 block of Nashville Avenue, died at Christ Medical Center about 50 minutes later.
After graduating from Shepard, Wawrzyniak, one of 11 children, was studying at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago and was learning to play guitar, her mom, Rebecca Tully, said.