- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Family members say part of them is missing following the death of a 5-year-old girl who was killed when a suburban Chicago woman drove onto a sidewalk after inhaling computer dust cleaner two years ago.

Carly Rousso, 20, of Highland Park was sentenced to five years in state prison for the fatal crash, but Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento’s father said “there was no justice.” Tomas Santos de Jesus compared the grief of losing his young daughter to missing an arm. He said family members still feel “like we’ve been destroyed.”

Modesta Sacramento Jimenez declined to speak about her daughter’s death during the couple’s first interview since the chemically impaired driver was sentenced last month, the Daily Herald (https://bit.ly/1nlRiuN ) reported. But she did talk about the “happy girl” who had just started kindergarten at Indian Trail Elementary School.

“She liked to learn new things,” Sacramento Jimenez said. “She liked writing and reading.”

On Sept. 3, 2012, Jaclyn, her mother and two brothers were walking along Central Avenue in Highland Park when a car veered across four lanes of traffic and bounded onto the sidewalk, striking the family. Rousso, who was huffing the chemicals from a can of computer dust cleaner as she drove, blacked out behind the wheel and ran over Jaclyn several times. Her brothers, who are now 8 and 5, were injured.

Rousso pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in May. She faces 14 years in prison before the Lake County judge settled on the five-year sentence.

“Carly’s parents, at least they’re going to see their daughter (and) visit her at the jail,” Santos de Jesus said. “But we’re not. We’re just going to have memories of our daughter.”


Information from: Daily Herald, https://www.dailyherald.com

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