Highland Park teen pleads not guilty in fatal crash

Updated 10/18/2012 2:18 PM

An 18-year-old woman accused of sniffing cleaning products before driving into a family walking on a sidewalk in Highland Park pleaded not guilty in Lake County court Thursday.

Carly Rousso, 18, of Highland Park, is charged with reckless homicide and four counts of aggravated driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound in the accident that killed 5-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento of Highland Park. The girl's mother and two brothers also were injured.


Authorities said Rousso was huffing computer dust cleaner moments before crashing the Lexus coupe registered to her father, David, into the family in the 700 block of Central Avenue.

She could spend 26 years in prison if found guilty of the charges.

Rousso was granted a February trial date, but that day will likely be pushed back. The date for her next court appearance is unclear at this time.

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