Trial for woman charged with reckless homicide delayed
By Jim Newton firstname.lastname@example.org September 27, 2013 10:36AM
Updated: October 29, 2013 6:06AM
The Illinois Attorney General’s Office has declined to intervene in a defense motion to dismiss charges against Highland Park teenager Carly Rousso, accused of killing a 5-year-old after driving under the influence of an inhalant.
The motion will now be argued between the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office and defense attorney Douglas Zeit. On Friday, Sept. 27, Judge James Booras set Nov. 12 for a hearing on the motion and delayed Rousso’s trial, scheduled to start in November, until Dec. 13.
Rousso, 19, is charged with aggravated DUI and reckless homicide for allegedly running over 5-year-old Jaclyn Santos of Highwood on Central Avenue in downtown Highland Park on Labor Day 2012 after inhaling or “huffing” a chemical agent.
She has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has been free on bail after her family posted a $500,000 bond.
Zeit said after filing the motion Sept. 19 before Booras that the statute Rousso was charged under is “vague.” He said that the computer cleaning agent Rousso is alleged to have inhaled is not specifically mentioned in the statute.
If convicted of the criminal charges, Rousso could spend up to 14 years in prison.
In a civil case the family of Santos filed against Rousso, a settlement has already been reached. Details of the settlement agreement have not been released to the public.
Jaclyn was walking with her mother and two siblings on a downtown Highland Park sidewalk when she was run over by a car driven by Rousso, who was allegedly driving under the influence of difluoreothane, a cleaning agent.