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Attorney: Settlement near in Highland Park fatal crash

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  • Carly Rousso, 18, of Highland Park, in the courtroom of Lake County Judge James K. Booras for a pretrial hearing Tuesday. Rousso was charged with reckless homicide and four counts of aggravated driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound in a 2012 fatal crash.

      Carly Rousso, 18, of Highland Park, in the courtroom of Lake County Judge James K. Booras for a pretrial hearing Tuesday. Rousso was charged with reckless homicide and four counts of aggravated driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound in a 2012 fatal crash.
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A settlement is near in the criminal case against a teen accused of sniffing cleaning products before driving into and killing a 5-year-old girl in Highland Park, an attorney said in Lake County court Tuesday.

Defense attorney Douglas Zeit asked Judge James Booras to continue Carly Rousso's criminal trial, saying a settlement is close, but a few small details remain.

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Zeit did not comment on the case.

Rousso, 18, of Highland Park, was charged with reckless homicide and four counts of aggravated driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound for her role in the accident that killed Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento in September 2012.

Authorities accuse Rousso of sniffing computer dust cleaner moments before crashing a family-owned Lexus coupe into Santos-Sacramento and her family as they walked in the 700 block of Central Avenue.

The girl's mother and two brothers also were injured.

The wrongful death lawsuit filed against Rousso by Santos-Sacramento's family has been settled, court records show. A Lake County judge sealed the documents after the settlement was reached May 7.

Rousso could spend 26 years in prison if found guilty of the most serious charges.

She is due back in court July 16.

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