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Suburban Chicago teen guilty of aggravated DUI for fatally hitting a five-year-old while huffing

Prosecutors: "Nobody mattered to Carly Rousso except Carly Rousso."
By Matt Bradwell   |   May 29, 2014 at 7:24 PM   |   Comments

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HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., May 29 (UPI) -- 19-year-old Carly Rousso has been convicted of aggravated drunken driving after she killed a 5-year-old with her father's Lexus while high on pressurized keyboard cleaning fumes.

Rousso was two weeks removed from a stint in a rehab facility when she drove to a Walgreens specifically because she knew it sold products she could get high off of. Huffing her way home behind the wheel, Russo claimed she passed out when the Lexus struck 5-year-old Jaclyn Santos Sacramento, her mother, and two infant brothers on Labor Day, 2012.

"That's what Jaclyn's life was worth...two cans of cleaner," Assistant State's Attorney Stella Veytsel said in her closing argument. "Nobody mattered to Carly Rousso except Carly Rousso."

Rousso is free on $500,000 bond until tomorrow's sentencing. She settled a civil suit with the victim's family out of court for an undisclosed amount. She had already plead guilty to reckless homicide.

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