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Rousso Trial Set to Begin Tuesday

Carly Rousso has been charged with running over a 5 year old after inhaling an intoxicant two years ago. The two sides have been unable to reach on a plea deal.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo

Carly Rousso’s trial on charges that she ran over and killed a 5-year-old girl while high on a cleaning product she inhaled is slated to begin Tuesday as the two sides have been unable to reach a plea deal, the Lake County News-Sun reports.

Rousso, 19, is accused of driving her car across four lanes of Central Avenue in Highland Park Sept. 3, 2012, striking and killing Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento, 5, as well as injuring other member of the victim’s family. Prosecutors say she had been huffing a cleaning product, causing her to be intoxicated.

She has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated driving under the influence and reckless homicide.

The trial will be in front of a judge only, and not a jury, the News-Sun reports, and the defense attorney expects it to be short because much of the information will not be contested.

You can read the full News-Sun article here.

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Benny G. May 28, 2014 at 05:13 PM
"Mom" this has been discussed "AD NAUSEUM" already but she did not intend to kill anyone that fateful day and yes justice does equal money as in how much can you pay a defense attorney and how much can you pay "into the system" to defer the harshest sentences possible. It is common knowledge that money buys justice. That is part of the system. She is a first time offender as well which will play a big part. I have always said she will get "time served" and 10 years of probation, a no alcohol and drugs order and all the dumb classes which will teach her nothing if she is unwilling to make changes. We shall see what the judge says if it gets to that point. The "no jury" part of this case will make it interesting no doubt.
forest barbieri May 28, 2014 at 08:46 PM
Benny: Understand and agree that our Justice system is far from just. However, the fact that she did not intend to kill a small child that day should merely relate to the type of charge, rather than if she should do time. She voluntarily incapacitated herself while driving a motor vehicle which resulted in the death of a child and could have easily caused other deaths. Her voluntary actions directly caused and resulted in the child's death. It would be unfortunate to say the least as well as an injustice to the little girl and her family if your scenario plays out. Unfortunately, it is a real possibility that it may.
Stu Pidasso May 28, 2014 at 11:51 PM
I heard $2.5m less attorney fee's, hardly worth your sons or daughters life!!
Benny G. May 29, 2014 at 02:19 AM
If she does a small amount of time there will be outrage. If she does no time there will be outrage. If she had no parents and no means she would do much time for sure but then she would not have been driving down Central Avenue in her parents car blown out of her skull either. Justice bought and paid for.
Stu Pidasso May 29, 2014 at 04:04 PM
There will be outrage if it's anything less than 10! Curious- why be judged by one instead of Twelve?? I would NOT want to be the Judge decidig this case... Could be the end of being on the bench at re-election time!!

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