Worth Teen Victim's Friend Faces Charges

Friday, Apr 4, 2014  |  Updated 5:56 AM CDT
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Prosecutors say charges don't implicate teen in girl's death. Christian Farr reports.

Prosecutors say charges don't implicate teen in girl's death. Christian Farr reports.

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A second person was charged Thursday in connection with an incident that eventually led to the death of a suburban Worth teenager.

Police say Brittany Wawrzyniak, 18, was attempting to buy prescription drugs last November from Eric Steven Johnson when she jumped out of the car for an unknown reason.

Johnson was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, but on Thursday, the State's Attorney's Office also charged Lilyanna Arboleda with conspiracy to commit battery. Prosecutors maintain that the charges do not mean that Arboleda had anything to do with Wawrzyniak's death.

"I'm hoping this is just a small step in the continued fight for justice for our daughter," the victim's mother, Rebecca Tully, said.

According to a news release, Arboleda and Wawrzyniak had planned and arranged to fight another girl at a boat launch at 7425 West 115 St. on Nov. 8.

"If my daughter didn't agree to help set up the fight for her, she'd still be here," Tully said.

Prosecutors say Wawrzyniak gave Johnson $200 at the boat launch to buy four grams of Clonazepam, a drug used to treat panic and seizure disorders, and while she was counting the pills in the back seat of Johnson's car, he drove off.

"Brittany was a good kid. She worked, she went to college, she was not a drug addict, she was not a thug," the victim's father, Patrick Wawrzyniak said.

Investigators say Wawrzyniak fell out of the car, but her family maintains she was pushed.

As recently as earlier this week, Wawrzyniak's family attended a Village of Worth board meeting to demand answers in regards to the police investigation, and still feel someone should be charged in connection to her actual death.

"At the very least it was involuntary manslaughter, at the very least. People didn't call 911. She died,"

Arboleda is being held on $100,000 bond, and will be placed on house arrest if she's able to post the $10,000 to bond out.

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