Allegedly Impaired Driver May Have Run Over Victim Twice
Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2012 – A teen driver allegedly struck and killed a 5-year-old child on Labor Day, and may have been “huffing,” or inhaling, the chemical difluoroethane.
The allegedly drug-impaired teenage driver, Carly A. Rousso, is accused of causing the death of a 5-year-old child, and may have hit the girl twice with her car, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the victim's family.
“Difluoroethane is a chemical commonly found in the cans of compressed air designed to clean dust out of computers,” said Chicago wrongful death attorney Robert Briskman. “At this time, although inhaling difluoroethane can cause intoxication, paralysis and even a loss of consciousness, it is not regulated as an intoxicant, as its stated use is as part of a cleaning agent.”
Jaclyn Santos Sacramento was struck by the car Carly Rousso was driving, which had crossed multiple lanes of traffic, and drove onto the sidewalk. The car struck Sacramento and her family. Rousso was subsequently charged with aggravated driving under the influence and reckless homicide. The accident injured Jaclyn's two brothers and her mother, Modesta, on the 700 block of Highland Park's Central Avenue.
The lawsuit alleges that Rousso not only hit the family, but then backed her car up over the stricken Jaclyn, possibly in an attempt to flee the scene. According to the family's attorney, a nearby teen interceded and took the car keys from the ignition. According to authorities, Rousso may have been “huffing” prior to the accident, inhaling the fumes from a cleaning product to get high. Police examined a bag Rousso had in her vehicle, and she was later found to have a chemical in her bloodstream commonly found in a spray cleaner for computer screens.
Rousso was released on a $3,000 bond, but her bail was later raised to $50,000. She currently has conditions attached to her release, including a curfew, mandatory alcohol or drug treatment, and regular drug tests. She is prohibited from using alcohol or drugs and is prohibited from driving.
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