Highland Park Woman Found Guilty in 'Huffing' Case

Prosecutors say Carly Rousso had been huffing a cleaning product before she drove across four lanes of traffic in Highland Park and hit, and killed, 5-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento.

A judge has found Carly Rousso guilty on all charges against her, according to an article in TribLocal.

Rousso, then 18, was accused of driving her car across four lanes of Central Avenue in Highland Park Sept. 3, 2012. She struck and killed 5-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento, who was walking on the sidewalk with her family. Prosecutors say she had been huffing a cleaning product, causing her to be intoxicated.

Rousso’s attorney chose not to present any witnesses or evidence, according to TribLocal. The basic facts of the case were not in dispute.

Instead, attorney Douglas Zeit argued that his client can’t be found guilty of being intoxicated while driving because the substance — difluorothane — that she was huffing is not legally listed as an intoxicant in Illinois.

Zeit filed a motion for acquittal before closing arguments Thursday, reiterating his argument, according to the Daily Herald. Judge James Booras denied it, saying the role of the court was not to determine the constitutionality of laws, just to enforce them.

Just before the start of the trial Tuesday, Rousso pleaded guilty to one of the charges against her, opting to go to trial only on the aggravated DUI charges. She pleaded guilty to one count of reckless homicide, which is a lesser charge than the DUI.

Sentencing is set for July 10, according to the Daily Herald.

You can read the full TribLocal article here.

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Louis Fasullo May 30, 2014 at 06:25 AM
I was a victim but if, I was struck and killed with a car nobody would care, not for church or government
Brian L. May 30, 2014 at 09:41 AM
She should go to prison for a while. There is also little doubt she will be in treatment programs as part of her sentencing. There will no doubt be a myriad of appeals, especially since inhalants aren't technically considered for a DWI. It is prudent to think of her life as well, but in our society, as I think it should be, she needs to have some sort of harsh punishment for killing a 5 year old as a direct result of her negligent behavior. She got behind the wheel high and it resulted in a death, a child no less. A slap on the wrist with some treatment isn't really a great answer.
MARGARET CRARASCO May 30, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Judge "BOORAS", ROUSSO is " GUILTY ", put her in J A I L !!! not out " FREE " as if nothing happened, "HUFFING " and endangering MORE LIVES. Why didn't you REVOKE HER BOND just like you do to thousands of POOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN or MEXICANS everyday in Lake County Courtrooms, and LOCK HER UP forever ( away from drugs ) since DAY #1 with NO BOND.
Dr. Mark Solomon May 30, 2014 at 01:07 PM
Is seems difficult to impossible for many/most? people these days to feel sorry an entire situation - for more than one person at the same time. Carly acted irresponsibly - this is a common thing for teens (and many adults); it may have been a problematic (within normal expectations) error or may have been a true ongoing problem. This blunder of irresponsibility had disastrous consequences - a little girl was killed. Carly did not consciously set off to kill the girl. Nor, would I have any reason to believe as snl asserts, that more than a few (let alone everyone) truly register when they are impaired or how impaired they may become - they know people do it (e.g. huff), they may have been exposed to being told about bad things that can happen, but generally are not accustomed to first hand experience. They, as a former kid client once explained, don't live by the motto "a word to the wise should suffice." which inherently leads to both vulnerability to themselves and danger to others. It seems to be getting more and more difficult for kids to find adults who are worthy of trusting, so that they might more often have interest in that word to the wise. You can't punish your way into that.
Louis Fasullo May 31, 2014 at 08:33 AM
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/cc_pub4.pdf CRIME VICTIM’S COMPENSATION ACT, 740 ILCS 45/1, et seq


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