Carly Rousso's Curfew Lifted for December Travel

The 18-year-old Highland Park woman who has pleaded not guilty to the car crash that killed a 5-year-old girl will be able to travel to Arizona later this month to spend time with her grandmother.

A judge temporarily lifted the 24-hour curfew for Carly Rousso from Dec. 18 to 24 so she can travel to Arizona to spend time with her grandmother, the Highland Park News reports.

Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento: The Story So Far

Rousso is the 18-year-old Highland Park resident who crashed her car into a family on Labor Day,killing 5-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento, according to Highland Park Police. She pleaded not guilty  to charges of reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence in October.

Toxicology reports indicate that the compound Difluoroethane was detected in Rousso's blood, according to a grand jury indictment. The compound was found in a commercial cleaning product uncovered in Rousso's car, according to Ken LaRue, the Lake County State's Attorney's Traffic Division chief.

Rousso was placed on the 24-hour curfew after her family posted 10 percent of her $500,000 bond, according to Highland Park News.

This isn't the first time Rousso's bond has been adjusted. The Highland Park News reports it was modified on Nov. 20 to allow her to go to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and work as a volunteer.

If convicted on all charges, Rousso could go to prison for a maximum of 26 years, the Tribune reports. Her trial date has been set for Feb. 1.

The Santos family has also filed a civil suit against Rousso to seek damages.

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DTB December 14, 2012 at 12:30 AM
What was the judge thinking?? Is Jaclyn going to be with her family for the holidays - NO!
carol Baielli December 14, 2012 at 01:48 AM
HP resident December 14, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I agree with DTB. Seriously judge???!!
Benny G. December 14, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Why even print this. It's also irresponsible journalism to say she is going to AA meetings. Google a hundred different vehicular homicide cases or even cases with multiple deaths. The only jail time they do is when they are arrested. Let the floodgates of ignorance spew forth on our beloved Patch..
Jack Straw December 14, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I wish Patch had some respect, leave this child alone, I am sure she is going thru enough hell without you reporting her every move.
Jeff Wheeler December 14, 2012 at 03:52 PM
With due respect to the other commenters, I think it's very appropriate to report these things. This is clearly local news. This girl killed a 5 year old -- guilty or not -- she admitted to it at the scene of the crime. I want to make sure I never see her in our community any time soon. I hope she will plea it out. It's not worth spending taxpayer dollars on this. Let her go see her grandmother, come back, and spend good time in jail. She will still have to live with killing Jaclyn for the rest of her life.
Moe @ the Buck December 14, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Are you kidding, this is Jacob Nelsons claim to fame. Don't go screwing up the best story of his life. Jacob, I may need your services over the holidays. Your job will be to keep stirring the pasta sauce while I meet the guys from Pittsburgh. Hope nothing tradgic happens to anyone in YOUR family.
Jacob Nelson (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Nice "Goodfellas" reference.
V December 14, 2012 at 09:44 PM
This is ridiculous. Carly Rousso does not deserve to be allowed to travel, holidays or not. Who will be keeping track of her in Arizona to ensure that she doesn't 1) cross the border and disappear into Mexico or 2) get high and run over another child?
David Greenberg December 14, 2012 at 10:29 PM
The same thing that keeps her from doing all those things right here in Illinois. The threat of losing the posted bond, family, friends, attorney's, and even a conscience.
Jeff Wheeler December 15, 2012 at 07:43 PM
FL -- I am by no means sticking up for her, and I can almost be 99.9% certain that David is not either. This girl did something horrible, something that will never be forgotten in both families and no way to bring Jaclyn back. The law and the powers the Judge has being "innocent until proven guilty" doctrine allows him to do this. Obviously she is guilty in the public eye -- no doubt about that -- I even think she is guilty. Sure, the family has money to be able to afford these things, like bailing her out, hiring a good lawyer, and hopefully providing support for her. She's been locked down almost 24 hours confined to her home. She's facing stiff jail time if convicted and it would be crazy if the State's Atty cuts a deal with her to do anything less than 5 years if they plea it out. It's not like she is sitting in jail now getting future credits for "time already served". But let due process take its course and she will get the jail time she deserves. If you have a problem with the judicial system -- advocate against it. Go to court, talk to the State's Attorney, don't vote for the Judge's re-election, protest. You are afforded many ways to be able to do this -- including sounding off on this message board.
David Greenberg December 17, 2012 at 01:06 AM
F.L.: I don't know why you think I'd be 'sticking up' for Carly. I merely answered a question. It's a fact - a person was charged with a crime, and chose to put up a bond rather than sitting in jail while awaiting trial. That bond came with certain terms and conditions set by a Judge. The accused wished to travel for the holidays and asked the Judge if it was OK. The Judge said yes. Someone said "what prevents [the accused] from [running]"? and I answered the question. No where did I say I agreed with that decision, or that I supported what the accused did. The simple fact is that this is something that happens on occasion with persons out on bond. The Judge looks at the risks of absconding, etc. and makes a decision. I had nothing to do with it - I'd gently suggest you take it up with the Judge or the accused's attorney.
David Greenberg December 17, 2012 at 01:07 AM
TJ: I'll clear up the additional 0.1% :-) I'm not sticking up for her at all. I agree with what you said.
Just Me December 17, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Must be nice to have freedom while a 5 year old girl lays in a coffin 6 feet under ground. Carly Rousso is a spoiled little snob who only thinks about herself & her family is no better!!!!
KC December 27, 2012 at 06:10 PM
And you're clearly so much better than her after calling her all those names? Wow. GROW UP. You don't even know Carly OR her family. Don't you dare go judging her to the extent you are in a public place like this. It's sick.
Tom Silver January 10, 2013 at 11:48 AM
It's my understanding drugs were involved, although I don't have access to any evidence. Whatever the circumstances, I think any rational person wants to see the justice system take appropriate action against a person who kills a 5 year old child. But to bash the family of a drug abuser? Do you know that they didn't do everything in their power to prevent this situation? On the little that has been reported, i hope to see this girl serve a lenghty prison sentence. But her family? I'll wait to hear the facts before I attack those who may also be victims in this tragedy.
Kathy B January 10, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Thank you to the above poster, until anyone in this blog has walked in the shoes of a very very troubled child keep your angry words to yourself. I do nor know the parents but I have friends that do, and I can say they have done everything in their power to help this girl. Anyone on this blog have an adopted child with brown skin tying to raise in HP??
kathyb January 10, 2013 at 06:19 PM
I cannot say how sick it is to hear other people attacking this girl and her family!!!! I am really sick of all the know it all's out their?? Do you people think that your kids are not capable pf drinking and driving??? Wake up people I am the mother of a teen have heard what goes on at party's!!!! Everyone on this blog could possibly be the parents of a child whom had made a life changing mistake, and because carly was teased in school it is also safe to assume that your kids may be bullies...
di January 22, 2013 at 07:43 PM
I have two brown skin girls and live in HP went.... To HPHS been discriminated to the extent I wished I never live in this stupid town and they do not get stone and go kill anyone. What a stupid ignorant coment Kathy.
di January 22, 2013 at 07:57 PM
I do not know the parents but have friends that do!! If one of my daughters would have done that I will make her pay for it....and that does not mean I dont love them...u teach your children that there is concecuences. ...that is parenting!
haka January 29, 2013 at 11:28 AM
As a matter of fact, I was personally in a rehab type center with her in northern utah for 5 months. i knew she had problems, we all did but she didnt have one ounce of hate in her. I cant fathom being. in her position right now. We all make mistakes its just how u get through them. the strength is in the struggle carly, i hope the best for you
Social Justice February 16, 2013 at 03:10 AM
I see her trial date was set for Feb 1. Did this happen?
V April 10, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Court date was moved to April 19th... coming up soon.
richard fitswell April 14, 2013 at 11:01 PM
slam the door
Stopkillinginnocents May 18, 2013 at 10:20 PM
I feel like she does not deserve to be free she needs to pay for her actions. Simple as that people so stop justifying her by saying she's adopted you don't see everyone that is adopted killing innocent 5 year olds. Highland park by far the worst town to live in


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