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Rousso’s DUI conviction upheld in death of girl, 5

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Carly Rousso of Highland Park Carly Rousso of Highland Park
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A judge denied a motion Thursday challenging the state statute used to convict Carly Rousso of DUI in the death of a 5-year-old girl in Highland Park, clearing the way for her sentencing.

Lake County Circuit Court Judge James Booras said that before the accident, Rousso inhaled a computer cleaning compound called DFE knowing she would become intoxicated, the Lake County News-Sun reports.

“There is no room for confusion if you huff DFE for the purpose of intoxication, the statute isn’t vague on that,” he said. “She definitely admitted she inhaled DFE in order to become intoxicated and she was intoxicated.”

Rousso ran over and killed 5-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento on Central Avenue in downtown Highland Park on Labor Day 2012 after inhaling or “huffing” the computer cleaning chemical agent.

“Intoxication was proven, not presumed,” Booras said, at one point saying the defense made a strong argument.

Rousso’s attorney, Douglas Zeit, said he was “a little disappointed” with the outcome, but declined to answer further questions.

Zeit had argued that statute did not name the compound Rousso admitted to inhaling specifically, although there is a “catch-all phrase” in the statute.

Booras said he also filed a written opinion on his decision, but that was not immediately available.

The status hearing on the sentencing for the aggravated DUI conviction will be held Monday, July 14.

Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Ori said only, “We’ll see how it goes Monday.”

Rousso pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the same case May 28. Long before her trial, a settlement was reached in a civil case the Santos family filed against Rousso, but details have not been released.

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