Update: Charges Filed in Fatal Highland Park Crash

Driver cited for DUI while law enforcement officials and Lake County State’s Attorney continue investigation. Driver's father speaks out.

Updated 9/6/2012 at 2 p.m.

The driver in the was charged Wednesday with driving under the influence “of an intoxicating compound or combination of intoxicating compounds,” according to a news release from Highland Park City Manager David Knapp.

Carly Rousso, 18, of Highland Park was charged based on the evidence obtained and analyzed so far with any additional counts based on a further investigation, according to the release. She was released on bond, according to the Lake County State's Attorney's Office and, according to the Rousso's spokesman Jim Termin, she is no longer driving.

After the crash, Highland Park “police officers at the scene made observations of the driver consistent with possible impairment,” according to the release. Rousso was taken to Highland Park Hospital where blood and urine samples were obtained.

The samples were given to the Illinois State Police Crime Laboratory to be analyzed, according to the release. Both the Highland Park Accident Investigation Team and the Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) are continuing the investigation in cooperation with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.

“Results from the forensic analysis of the evidence will dictate the appropriate charge(s),” the release said. “According to the state’s attorney’s office, this case is being handled in the same manner as other cases of this magnitude.”

The collision left Santos-Sacramento’s mother, Modesta Sacramento, and her two brothers, ages 2 and 4, injured. The brothers were treated and released from Highland Park Hospital. Sacramento is still hospitalized with non life threatening injuries, according to the release.

Rousso's father, David Rousso, gave a statement on Thursday:

We wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the entire Santos-Sacramento Family. Our hearts go out to them for the devastating loss of their beautiful daughter and sister Jaclyn. Words cannot possibly express our sorrow at this unimaginable tragedy. And they remain in our thoughts and prayers during this heartbreaking time.

Rousso will appear in Lake County Court at 9 a.m. Sept. 21 in Waukegan.

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Take the High Road Please September 10, 2012 at 12:51 AM
As a parent, I would prefer to administer a drug test and know my children are making good choices then to find out by a police officer that any of my children had hurt another human being due to a careless act. Civil liberties or not, as a parent you need to be responsible and if you even suspect a small iota that something is up, best to rule out and ensure your children are clean. You can talk all you want to your children, its what they do when you are not looking that matters and my children know this. My children also know I love them enough to stop them from making a grave mistake or going down the wrong path. They know I got their back and also know that I expect them to make good decisions. Parents of teens in HP and Deerfield... don't fool yourselfs into thinking that your loving talks are enough to combat what is really going on at both high schools.
Lou September 10, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I would be in favor random drug testing in the schools as a condition of admittance. Testing is accurate and not expensive and the cost of a few tests is certainly lower than the costs of severe deadly mishaps like the recent one on Central Avenue. Parents do not have a clue about what is going on because teens are experts of deceit. Perhaps some HP students will write to this blog and tell the startling truth, the community is awash in substance use and abuse. It's not just on the weekends, trust me.
David Greenberg September 10, 2012 at 04:08 AM
@Lou: It's a good thing the US Sup. Ct. disagrees with you. Children do not give up all their rights at the school house gates, and while the standard of proof is lower in the school house, it still requires "reasonable" suspicion before a student can be searched. That includes a drug test. Oddly enough, athletes are treated differently under the theory that they're representing the school, but even there it has to be truly random. Regarding the cost: 1 test may be $40. But when you have thousands of students, you're talking about $80K, and that's before you even consider the cost of restesting due to false positives/negatives, "proctors", followup, etc.
David Greenberg September 10, 2012 at 04:12 AM
@TTHRP: Having a small iota of a suspicion that something's up, and having one's child take a drug test vs. having no suspicion and having one's child take a drug test are two completely different animals.
Jeff Wheeler September 10, 2012 at 04:49 AM
For what it's worth, the Dollar Store in Northbrook sells home marijuana test kits for only $1 ! Ironically as I told my wife today, that those marijuana tests looked like the sold faster than the ovulation prediction test, the home pregnancy test, and the menopausal test. (oh, and all of those tests were also $1).
Ed Brill September 10, 2012 at 11:59 AM
It's not an intersection. The incident occurred in the middle of Central Avenue.
Ob64 September 10, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Larry Jones September 10, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Ob64 I guess you want to cause more uproar by sending a link that has nothing to do with the Highland Park incident. Take your case to Skokie Patch and leave us alone
JustOneOfTheNeighbors September 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM
the story behind Ob64's link is very similar to this incident in many ways: young female driver under the influence of mind-altering drugs; a child was killed when she lost control of her car, jumped the curb, hit the child on the sidewalk, and dragged him several feet; and the community united for a fundraiser and a memorial procession. what's notable, though, is that the name of the skokie girl and the charges against her were released immediately, she had a similar prior record (and more), she was jailed on $250,000 bond, and she stayed in jail until her family could raise the money to bail her out in early August. now she wears an ankle monitor, had to surrender her passport, and cannot drive. i live in the community where one fatality occurred and i work in the other. i didn't know either of the victims who were killed, but i'm acquainted enough with both drivers to know that they come from very different backgrounds. i'm pretty sure the skokie girl wasn't as well connected and protected as carly. the two "accidents" are very similar but they were handled very differently by their respective jurisdictions.
Larry Jones September 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Understand your point but will not accept that Carly was not charged because she is not minority. She will have her day in court and I feel terrible for what both families are going thru
JustOneOfTheNeighbors September 10, 2012 at 10:45 PM
my comment mentions nothing about the race of either driver or their victims. my point was how law enforcement's initial handling of such similar "accidents" is so drastically different from one jurisdiction to another. one girl's family is well connected to the jurisdiction that charged her and the other girl, most likely is not.
Ed Brill September 10, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Maybe the "intoxicating substance" wasn't immediately detected like alcohol can be. The Tribune has reported it may have been something else and the police are still waiting on lab results. Patience, I think.
Deerfield resident September 12, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Deerfield resident September 12, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Sometimes parents do the best they can...these parents sound like they tried to help their daughter. However. dHS parents need to wake up and do something before this happens again. Kids get caught drinking and nothing happens. The school finds out and looks the other way. It's just"teens being teens"...until an innocent kid is killed. If you know your kid is drinking keep them on a tight leash and don't turn a blind eye. Yes kids will be kids...but it is up to the parents to teach them .. Not sanction it by doing nothing. Homecoming is coming up. Be vigilant so we are not going to have to comment on another tragedy.
ron sampson September 12, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Hang the drunken / high slut. Greenberg is trying to make the killer the victim in all this. How do Jews sleep at night?
IHE September 12, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Ron Sampson - how do you sleep at night? Shame on you. What does being Jewish have to do with anything? Do you fall asleep dreaming of Hitler?
David Greenberg September 12, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Ron, you're a moron if you believe that being Jewish has ANYTHING to do with how Carly Russo is being treated. And you're incorrect in your belief that anything I've said is trying to make Ms. Russo "a victim" - I've merely said that we ought not to rush to judgment and to wait for the tox results. There are certain circumstances which could mitigate the charges against her - just as there could be for ANY of us if we were charged with a crime. Being Jewish has NOTHING to do with a fair trial - if memory serves, the Founders of this Great Nation (who drafted the Constitution) were perhaps all Christian. But again, it doesn't matter. So stop acting like a fool.
Larry Jones September 12, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Samson, you are a Class 1 A-Whole, I would love to know your real name
ebuddha September 12, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Lex - you are the loser. now that we know what was in her system - does anyone want to recant their call for patience. all this nonsense about 'wait until we find out....' --- how often does someone who is not messed up run onto the sidewalk, run over a family, and then back up over the family? she should be locked up. her parents should be locked up. and the victims should win a civil suit for millions. anyone notice that the family hired a PR firm? yesterday, they had oh so much to say about Carly having been bitten by a dog and that causing her oh so many problems. Carly was awarded $200,00 by a judge for her pain. Well, let's see: $200k for a dog bite, translates into HOW MUCH for Killing a PERSON and wrecking a family? So, yesterday, the Carly through her PR firm was all talk talk talk (i'm the vicitm, i have problems, don't hate me). Today, when the toxicology came back and we find out that she was snorting a computer cleaning chemical - nobody has any comments ?!@#$ Lex - i suggest you reat that twitter feed - very illuminating, although not surprising to see what a sweetheart she is. Although i'm guessing Lex that since you've only had 2 posts on Patch and they've both been on this thread, you're either Carly or a family member or one of her loser friends.
ebuddha September 12, 2012 at 11:30 PM
you say that 'today' everyone wants 'now now now' instant gratification. do you how people would have handled this 200 years ago? how about 2000 years ago? or, how about in this time, but in other parts of the world? i assure you that the father of the victim would have been entirely in his right by the standards of other times or other communities to get 'immediate gratification' in any form he chose. so let's cut all the crap about people being upset and calling for justice and wanting it now - Carly killed a person as a result of her own pathetic lifestyle and choices. Now she and her parents should be held accountable - and the sooner the better - partly because she and they deserve it, partly because the victims deserve it and partly because hopefully it sends a message to all the other messed up people in this country who tolerate this behavior in their own families that enough is enough.
Jeff Wheeler September 12, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Who is the PR firm?? ...... ugh, so typical for a wealthy family on the North Shore to do this...
ebuddha September 12, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Jim Terman is the PR agent. I noticed this in an article a few days ago and it made me sick. It mentioned he was president of a firm that was partly his name so he must be partners with someone else. But today when I googled to find the article for you, the Trib had changed the line, simply referring to him as the family spokesman, but the original text is still shown in the google results. I guess he (or his partner) doesn't want the firm associated with this mess.
ebuddha September 12, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Given that her parents did such a crappy job dealing with her substance abuse, it's not surprising that they didn't educate her about her digital presence following her forever. Nice photos Carly, you are truly classless.
Take the High Road Please September 13, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Got a question - for those of you posting negative comments about Carly and her wonderful parents, do you know them personally? If not, how in the world could you comment about another person's moral character or a person's parent's morale character? I suggest you realize that Carly's parents did everything they could to support their daughter. The Rousso's are awesome members of the HP community and have done so much for others not as "privileged". My own child has been helped by the Rousso's. They have big hearts and would do anything for people. Please stop judging the Rousso's by what the police did or didn't do. The police have protocols to follow and you do not know all the details about what happened. All you know is what you are being told. Please stop posting negative posts - what purpose does that serve?
Megan September 13, 2012 at 02:21 AM
The public is reacting to a person who broke the law, which resulted in the brutal killing of a CHILD and permanent trauma to her entire family. Criticism of this person and questioning the people who allowed her to drive freely (that wasn't her dad's car... it was just in his name). This is an appropriate response. Her personality doesn't matter. It's her actions that matter and the fatal choice she made that day. Distance yourself from your personal connection, and try to gain some realistic perspective on the magnitude of her actions.
Social Justice September 13, 2012 at 03:00 AM
I understand what you are saying to a point. Unfortunately because of their love for Carly, they have enabled her. This is the worst thing you can do for a drug addict. They are still enabling her. They need to use some TOUGH LOVE, and let her sit in jail. Instead they are rescuing her, AGAIN. That is NOT helping her. Carly has KILLED a CHILD.
alice October 05, 2012 at 05:33 AM
She did not try to flee. She got out of the car and gave CPR to the little girl and held the mothers hand. When the cops arrived she walked up to them and told them, if i remember correctly, "I did this you need to take me away."
alice October 05, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Get your facts straight. You don't know either family personally and you weren't at the scene of the accident or watched what happened. Your words are hateful and horrendous. Empathy is something you clearly lack. And if you think the Sacromento family is encouraging people to write hateful comments like this then you clearly don't know them. They just want to bury their daughter in peace.
alice October 05, 2012 at 05:42 AM
You find comfort in the fact that she will have to see Jaclyns face every day of her life and know she killed an innocent child? You find that comforting? You are sick. You need help. I couldn't and wouldn't wish that upon anyone yet here you are saying you are comforted by the fact that this girl will live the rest of her life knowing she took away the life of a five year old. I hope one day you experience what Carly and Jaclyn have experienced.
Benny G. December 12, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Here is a jury verdict in TEXAS for a double DrunkSlaughter. This HP girl is sooo walking rendering all these gobbledeegook comments moot: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/austin-man-gets-probation-in-crash-that-killed-two/nS7hw/#cmComments


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