No. 5 of 2012: Labor Day crash claims life of 5-year-old
By Beth Kramer firstname.lastname@example.org December 28, 2012 7:50PM
Carly Rousso, 18, has been cited for allegedly driving into a family on a Highland Park sidewalk Monday, injuring three people and killing a 5-year-old girl. | Lake County Sheriff's Dept.
The Highland Park teen charged in the Labor Day crash that claimed the life of Jaclyn Santos, 5, splashed News-Sun headlines eight times this year.
Carly Rousso, 18, was initially cited with a misdemeanor DUI charge for allegedly driving under the influence of a huffing agent. The Highland Park teen was allegedly high when she drove onto a sidewalk, running over the Highland Park kindergartner.
Jaclyn was out for a walk with her mother Modesto Sacramento-Jiminez and her two brothers, ages 2 and 4. Jaclyn was the only one who did not survive the accident on Sept. 3.
Less than two weeks later, charges against Rousso were upgraded to felonies.
A wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Rousso in late September seeking damages in excess of $50,000. Jaclyn’s mother and brothers received non-life threatening injuries from the accident. They are also in therapy for the emotional trauma of watching the girl get run over twice by Rousso, according toe Sacramento-Jiminez family attorney Bob Baizer.
Rousso was indicted by a Lake County grand jury on the felony charges Oct. 3, exactly one month after the fatal car accident. She pleaded not guilty to the charges that could land her in prison for a maximum of 14 years in October.
Rousso was most recently back in court in early December to request a temporary lift on her 24-hour curfew to allow her to travel home for the holidays. Her parents had posted 10 percent of her $500,000 bond in September.
A report from pretrial services noted that Rousso has been compliant with all the terms of her bond, which barred her from driving. Rousso was allowed to travel to Arizona to be with family for the holidays.
Rousso is due back in court Wednesday, Jan. 16. She remains free from custody.