Highland Park Teen Charged With Reckless Homicide

$500,000 bond set for Carly Rousso in crash that killed 5-year-old girl

By Marcus Riley
|  Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012  |  Updated 12:51 PM CDT
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Charges Filed in Crash That Killed Girl, 5

Carly Rousso (Inset: Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento)

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Charges Filed in Crash That Killed Girl, 5

Family and friends express relief that charges were ultimately levied against the driver. Rob Elgas reports.
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An 18-year-old Highland Park woman was charged with five felony counts Wednesday in connection to a Labor Day crash that killed a 5-year-old girl.

Carly Rousso was charged with one count of Reckless Homicide and four counts of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of an Intoxicating Compound.

Authorities say Rousso was driving the car that jumped a curb and plowed into a family walking on the sidewalk. The girl's mother and two brothers were also injured in the crash, but were treated and released from the hospital.

Rousso surrendered to a judge Wednesday morning, who set her bond at $500,000.

According to a news release, toxicology reports showed that a compound called Difluoroethane was detected in Rousso's blood, and the same compound was also found in a commercial cleaning product also found in the car.

Difluoroethane is commonly found in cleaning air cans, which have been linked to huffing, the practice of inhaling the contents of the cans to get high.

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