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Affluent Woman Charged In Death of Young Girl

October 19th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

At least one Hispanic activist in Chicago has raised the question of whether or not the 18-year-old woman who killed a 5-year-old girl while driving under the influence on Labor Day weekend received preferential treatment, according to the Chicago Tribune. Highland Park’s mayor had “harshly criticized prosecutors for delays,” and just hours afterward authorities announced that a “misdemeanor DUI charge” had been filed against Carly A. Rousso for the death of Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento.

According to the Tribune, Rousso’s parents help to run an arts center in the affluent North Shore suburb in which she lives. Highland Park Deputy Police Chief David Schwarz initially told the Tribune that “until toxicology results along with other evidence is evaluated, it is a Class A misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence.” This raised questions of a rich girl being let off the hook in the death of a poor, Hispanic child. According to the Tribune, “Margaret Carrasco, a community activist involved with the north suburban Hispanic community, applauded the mayor for applying pressure in the death of the girl.”

While Jaclyn was the only death resulting from the accident, Rousso also injured Jaclyn’s mother, Modesta, and her two brothers when she lost control of the Lexus coupe she was driving, crossed several lanes of traffic, and slammed into the family on the sidewalk.

And the pressure paid off. According to Chicago CBS News, Rousso was charged with aggravated driving under the influence and reckless homicide just a couple of weeks after the crash. Rousso is also charged with causing injuries sustained by Jaclyn’s family. Toxicology reports revealed that Rousso had most likely been “huffing” the contents of the cleaning product that was found in her car. According to CBS, Judge Raymond Collins set Rousso’s bond at $500,000.

The charging of Rousso is a victory for political activists who believe that the rich can often get away with murder when using their political connections. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime such as this, and can’t rely on connections, your best bet is to hire a dedicated and experienced Illinois DUI lawyer. We can help you beat the charges and get your life back on track.

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