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July trial date for Highland Park woman charged with killing 5-year-old

Carly Rousso

Carly Rousso

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Updated: May 12, 2013 6:35AM

The Highland Park woman accused of running over a kindergarten student has been given a new trial date.

Carly Rousso, 18, is charged with aggravated DUI and reckless homicide for the Labor Day incident in which Jaclyn Santos, 5, died after being run over. Rousso is alleged to have driven the car that ran the Highland Park child over while under the influence of a huffing agent, difluoreothane.

Rousso was due for trial April 19, but attorneys set a new trial date of July 12 when they were before Lake County Circuit Judge James Booras on Wednesday, April 10.

“I am hopeful that we are going to be able to resolve this short of trial,” defense attorney Doug Zeit said.

Rousso has pleaded not guilty to all charges. If convicted, she could spend up to 14 years in prison.

She is also the defendant in a civil suit filed by Jaclyn’s family. The family is seeking damages in excess of $50,000. The suit is still pending.

Jaclyn was walking with her mother and two siblings on a sidewalk on Central Avenue in downtown Highland Park on Labor Day when her family had to watch as she was run over by a car, attorney Bob Baizer said. Baizer represents the family in the pending civil suit.

“They are doing as well as they could be under the circumstances,” Baizer said.

Rousso is due back in court June 11.

She remains free from custody on 10 percent of a $500,000 bond.

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