- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago woman was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for driving onto a sidewalk and killing a 5-year-old girl after inhaling computer dust cleaner.

Carly Rousso of Highland Park was sentenced by Lake County Circuit Judge James Booras after a hearing that included victim impact statements Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento’s family and a plea for lenience from Rousso’s father.

In May, Booras found Rousso, 20, guilty of aggravated driving under the influence when her car slammed into in 5-year-old Santos-Sacramento as she walked along a Highland Park sidewalk. Rousso previously pleaded guilty to reckless homicide. The girl was walking with her mother and two siblings, who were also struck by the vehicle.

Assistant State’s Attorney Stella Veytsel read the impact statements from the victim’s father, Tomas Santos, and mother, Modesta Sacramento.

Santos said Sept. 3, 2012 was the most painful day in his life because he lost a child, adding he is “asking for justice in the name of my daughter.”

Modesta Sacramento called her daughter a “loving little girl,” adding about Rousso, “I do not think I can forgive her.”

Rousso’s father, David Rousso, testified his daughter endured major trauma throughout her youth, and had been depressed since being raped in a mall while in elementary school. He said she had been self-medicating with drugs, and on the day of the accident had told her parents she was going to get a bite to eat, but instead bought two cans of computer air duster.

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