The televised trial of a woman accused of inhaling chemicals and crashing her car into a little girl got underway Tuesday with a guilty plea.
19-year-old Carly Rousso entered a guilty plea on a reckless homicide charge, but she is still standing trial on the more serious charge of aggravated drunken driving.
Rousso is accused of driving onto a downtown Highland Park sidewalk on Labor Day 2012 and killing 5-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento, who had been walking with her family.
Rousso allegedly inhaled a computer cleaning product before veering across several lanes and crashing into Jaclyn.
Her lawyer had previously said his client would be willing to plead guilty to reckless homicide, which carries lighter penalties than the other charge, but Lake County prosecutors apparently weren`t interested in a deal on those terms.
Rousso faces between three and 14 years in prison if convicted of the DUI charge.