Woman, 19, pleads guilty in 5-year-old's death - FOX 32 News Chicago

Woman, 19, pleads guilty in 5-year-old's death

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WAUKEGAN, Ill. (FOX 32 News) - A local woman's trial began Tuesday after officials say she drove onto a sidewalk and killed a 5-year-old girl after inhaling computer dust cleaner.

Carly Rousso of Highland Park has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the September 2012 death of Jaclyn Santos-Sacaramento . The crash injured the girl's mother and two infant brothers. But despite the guilty plea, Rousso is still on trial for aggravated DUI.

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Her attorneys tried repeatedly to negotiate a plea deal, but prosecutors rejected the offer. Rousso and her attorney have opted for a bench trial before Judge James Booras.

On Tuesday, prosecutors presented evidence during a Lake County bench trial before Judge James Booras that may indicate why.

Witness testimony and surveillance footage suggests Rousso lost control of her flashy coupe and crossed over oncoming lanes of traffic before crashing over a curb.

But the curb did not stop Rousso’s car. She struck the family of four and continued to roll across a parking lot until the car came to rest against a building, the video shows.

Rousso then backed the car up, traveling several car lengths in reverse before hitting injured members of the family for a second time, the video shows.

With onlookers screaming for her stop, Rousso pulled forward again, running over the young girl for a third time, according to Dana Poncher and her son Adam, who both testified Tuesday at the Waukegan courthouse.

Rousso’s car then idled forward across the parking lot before coming to a rest against the building, the surveillance video shows.

When Adam Poncher reached inside the car and put it in park, Rousso was passed out behind the wheel, he said from the stand.

When Rousso eventually came to, she slurred her words and appeared dazed, he testified.

In a slurry drawl, she then asked him: “What happened?” Adam Poncher said from the stand.

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Zeit said the trial will be short because much of the information in the case isn't contested. Rousso was free on a $500,000 bond for almost two years.  Rousso's parents have already paid the victim's family an undisclosed amount of money in a civil lawsuit.

The Associated Press and Sun Times Media Wire contributed to this story.



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