Rousso Charged with Reckless Homicide, Aggravated DUI; Bond Set at $500K

The Lake County State's Attorney's Office has charged the 18-year-old who drove into a family on Labor Day, killing a 5-year-old girl, with four counts of aggravated driving under the influence and one count of reckless homicide.

The 18-year-old who , , was charged with one count of reckless homicide and four counts of aggravated driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound on Wednesday morning, according to the Lake County State's Attorney's office.

Carly Rousso surrendered herself before Judge Raymond Collins Wednesday morning, where her bond was set at $500,000. Her bail was posted shortly after. As of 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Rousso was still in processing, but was set to be released Wednesday evening under the same .

On Monday, Sept. 3, at 2:31 p.m., Highland Park police responded to a crash. Investigation revealed that Rousso had driven a Lexus coupe onto the sidewalk on the 700 block of Central Avenue and into , her mother and two brothers. Jaclyn was killed, and her mother and brothers sustained injuries. 

Toxicology reports indicate that the compound Difluoroethane was detected in Rousso's blood, which is found in a commercial cleaning product uncovered in Rousso's car.

Rousso's charges come as a result of a joint investigation by the and the Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT). The investigation revealed that Rousso was driving eastbound on Central Avenue when she veered across multiple lanes of traffic and onto the sidewalk, striking and her three children.

Rousso was cited for driving under the influence shortly after the crash, at which time she submitted blood and urine samples. Police told Patch earlier this week that Rousso .

"We are investigating the use of huffing agents or huffing materials with relation to this," Deputy Chief of Support Services George Pfutzenreuter told Patch on Monday.

Aggravated driving under the influence is a class two felony that can lead to a prison sentence of three to 14 years. Reckless homicide is a class three felony that can lead to probation or up to five years in prison, .

Jaclyn's . About a hundered people attended the funeral mass, including , and .

During the bilingual service at Saint James Parish in Highwood, Rev. Thomas Baldonieri called Jaclyn "a joyful child" who enjoyed dressing in pink, like a princess.

"Jaclyn was born and received into loving hands and hearts," Baldonieri said. "Even now, we see just how many people are touched by Jaclyn's life and tragic death, even those who never met her."

Rousso's next court date is on Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m.

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Benny G. September 19, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Cliff, I didn't mean literally ask an addict...LMAO- Google "is THC addictive"...all you have to do. Thanks Cliff, we get it. You have smoked weed every day, 5 times a day for thirty years...but you're not addicted to it...at least not "physically addicted" to it...We get it---AHAHAGAHGAASHSAGAH
David Greenberg September 19, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Benny-there are two main types of addiction-Physical and Mental. Some substances such as alcohol and heroin can and often are physically addictive. That is, when someone stops using the drug, they have physical manifestations that can sometimes be life-threatening, and that makes getting off the drug a long process because they can't go 'cold turkey' or they could die. The aspects of mental addiction take many forms and can have many root causes-but stopping cold turkey isn't going to cause a physical manifestation that kills the user. Marijuana has no physical addiction, but it can have mental addictions. I keep bringing up the LD50 because people claim that Marijuana will kill you from mere use - that's incorrect. You can't overdose on it because the LD-50 is so extreme that no human could ever reach it-they'd fall asleep long before doing so. No one has ever overdosed on marijuana. As for going from marijuana to "Dust Off" because she couldn't use or obtain marijuana makes perfect sense. We have someone who's not physically addicted to marijuana, but apparently has a mental addiction to escape from *something* unknown to us. Getting in a ton of trouble, just getting out of rehab for marijuana, still being tested for marijuana, and still having the mental issue that requires escape forces a user to become creative in obtaining their high. So why not turn to something that's not often tested for, and is for all intents and purposes, virtually undetectable?
David Greenberg September 19, 2012 at 07:35 PM
There is a physically addictive substance that we all use. If we use too much (overdose), we can die because of an imbalance in our bodies. If we use too little, we experience a longing for it that drives us to the substance until we get it, and if we don't get it, we can die from an imbalance in our bodies. We have to ingest it in a specific manner or we can die. That substance? Fresh water.
jackie jordan September 25, 2012 at 08:32 AM
it doesnt matter- a child is gone forever and an attire family is in hell and will be lost forever because of somebody else's need to get extremely high (to lose full control of her body) while driving a vehicle... If you must do drugs... do them without harming anybody then yourself...There was no fear of consequences in this heinous crime.. People just do not care and do what they will do when they want to do it... selfishness is murder
Mick April 29, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Greenberg is right. prohibition doesn't work, regardless of the vilified substance or object. A hundred years of moralistic and righteous condemnation against the substance alcohol led to misguided federal legislation, desperation and ultimately , a failed social experiment. It is the same with narcotics, firearms or anything else that has been a part of western culture for 500 years. When used with sensibility, none of these materials are harmful. When in the hands of those facing social problems imposed by a system that punishes instead of treats, a society that throws billions at attacking symptoms but not a dime against the disease itself, tragedies will continue. To make Carly Rousso bare the brunt of this, regardless of the loss of human life, is nothing but folly. I am not saying that evidence does not indicate she is responsible, but all of us who vote, bear a little responsibility in what happened.


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