Update at 5:00 p.m.: Carly Rousso has been charged with felony counts of reckless homicide and aggravated DUI in the death of five year old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento, after toxicology reports suggested that she had been inhaling cleaning fluids before the fatal crash.
According to the Chicago Tribune:
Carly Rousso, 18, has been charged with one count of reckless homicide and four counts of aggravated driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound in connection with the crash, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office announced today.
She faces a maximum of 26 years in prison if convicted of all the charges, said Assistant State’s Attorney Ken LaRue.
Rousso surrendered this morning in an appearance before Lake County Circuit Court Judge Raymond Collins, who set her bail at $500,000, according to the news release. She was being booked into the Lake County Jail this afternoon, jail personnel said.
Investigators believe Rousso inhaled the substance just before the crash, LaRue said.
Rousso had been charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound while authorities awaited the results of Illinois State Police Crime Laboratory toxicology tests.
The results of those tests indicate Rousso’s blood sample contained the compound Difluoroethane, prosecutors said. The substance in Rousso’s blood matched a cleaning product found in the vehicle she was driving, and prosecutors believe she was impaired before the crash, LaRue said.
This means that she will need to post $50,000 to make bail.
Here are links to two more stories regarding the Labor Day crash in Highland Park:
- The funeral service was held Tuesday for the 5 year old victim, Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento. Over one hundred people attended the service in Highwood. Last week, 1,200 people attended a community march for Jaclyn. Read about it here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-highland-park-funeral-20120912,0,6966443.story
- The Chicago Tribune has a story detailing the alleged drunk driver Carly Rousso’s troubled past, including being the victim of a horrendous pit bull attack in 2009, receiving numerous bites to her head, face, and body, requiring over a hundred stitches. She claimed in a personal injury lawsuit that she had been suffering from post-traumatic stress, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts as a result of the incident. She was also arrested, and plead guilty to, possession of cannabis in 2010. Read the whole story here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/highland_park_highwood/ct-met-highland-park-crash-rousso-20120912,0,5762760.story