Carly Rousso gets prison time in deadly ‘huffing’ DUI crash

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On Friday, a judge announced the sentence for Carly Rousso, a Highland Park teen who ran over and killed a young girl while driving high.

Judge James Booras sentenced Rousso to five years in the state penitentiary for the reckless homicide charge and four years for the aggravated DUI charge. The sentences are to run concurrently

According to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office, Rousso will likely serve less than four years in prison with time off for good behavior. Also, there will be a hearing in the coming weeks to determine the exact amount of time she has already served. That amount will be deducted from her sentence.

Two years ago, when Rousso was 17, she “huffed” a cleaning chemical, passed out behind the wheel of her dad's car, and hit and killed 5-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento on a street in Highland Park. She pled guilty to reckless homicide and she was convicted of four counts of DUI.

Rousso did her best to remain calm as the sentence was read. She was immediately taken into custody.

But the victim's family believes Rousso got off easy and they wanted a tougher sentence for the accident that killed the little girl.

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17 comments

  • arubatom

    She “sentenced” that 5-year old to a death sentence…would be a mockery if she didn’t serve jail time..what “leniency” did she show the 5-year old that she killed????

      • Bianca

        You know what, your ignorant opinion is invalid anyways. It was someone in my family once upon a time. She’s 20 freaking years old. Did you think she woke up that morning and said, “ah, today is a beautiful day to kill a 5 year old”??? It’s a tragedy for every person involved. Everyone is devastated. And I hope you never know what it’s like to live with the guilt of ACCIDENTALLY taking someone’s life.

      • arubatom

        Have to agree with you Will…there has to be accountability…anyone saying there should be compassion in this case…well, compassion would be out the door if it was their child that got killed…where is the sense in a person knowing before they get high, that they shouldn’t get behind the wheel…she didn’t think about consequences and a little girl is dead…Pearl is so correct in her post…5 years for the life of a 5 year-old? And look at the years Carly took away that the little girl could have had….she got off light….sentences should have run consecutively, not concurrent at a minimum.

  • McNasty27

    If any of you guys caught the end, she is going to be allowed to take 10mgs of Percocet every morning along with her benzos. That should take the edge off for sure.

  • Elle

    I’m sorry but I feel zero and I mean ZERO compassion for this young lady. She did not wake up one morning and think oh today I will kill a child, but my best bet will say that she woke up most mornings thinking she did not give a flying F about anyone but herself. She can sit there and cry her crocodile tears all she wants, because does anyone really believe she cares or feels bad about the child whose life she cut short? I surely don’t believe it. What I do believe is that she will do the little time they gave her and yes it is a slap in the face to the parents of that child, she will go out into society and contribute zero to it because people like her seldom change. The biggest joke is her parents trying to talk her up, seriously? If it looks like a friggin duck it’s a friggin duck. Parents like hers will enable her all her life because as unfair as things are she gets to keep her life unlike the little girl she killed.
    Anyone that can sit there and defend this type of behavior you are what’s wrong with this world. Second chance my asterisk, where is the little girls second chance? Nowhere.

  • Michael Podraza

    I agree with Elle. Also I think Carly should be required to give mandatory talks at high schools on the subject of DUI and her personal experience with it. And she would have to do this for the rest of her life at least one day a week. Carly could help someone else not make her same mistake. Who knows how many lives this might save.

  • BigE

    I don’t doubt that the driver feels horrible about killing the child… she probably feels pretty bad about f-ing up her young adulthood as well. People are idiots when they’re teenagers, I don’t think this is a person who is completely set in her ways and will never change. I think having to give “presentations to high schools every week for life” is very unusual punishment, and we should protect against weird punishments like that.