An Illinois teen has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide, admitting that she was high on cleaning product when she repeatedly ran over a little girl with her car.
According to reports, 19-year-old Carly Rousso has pleaded guilty to the reckless homicide charge but not guilty to another charge of aggravated DUI.
In 2012, Rousso reportedly got high on computer dust cleaner in a Walgreens parking lot. She then reportedly blacked out and surveillance footage showed her rolling on the curb and hitting a mother, her 5-year-old daughter, and two baby boys.
The mother testified on Tuesday, saying “she ran over my daughter’s legs, then came forward, and went over her again.”
The little girl died from the injuries she sustained. The mother and two younger children were also injured.
Rousso did not deny any of it. She says she made the “impulse decision” to buy and huff cleaning product because she was “depressed” and “under a lot of pressure.”
Rousso had previously been to rehab after a suicide attempt for drugs and alcohol.
Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Ori says the girl could have done whatever she wanted to her body without putting others at risk. “Instead of waiting the ten or so minutes it would have taken her into the comfort of her own home where the ingestion of this intoxicating compound would have hurt no one but herself, she decided to get high right in the parking lot of Walgreens,” he said.
While she is pleading guilty to reckless homicide, she maintains that she is not guilty of aggravated DUI which would add an additional 14 years to her sentence.
Defense Attorney Douglas Zeit says that the substance in keyboard cleaner is not considered an “intoxicating compound” in Illinois. “She’s guilty of reckless homicide and that’s horrendous, but she’s not guilty of aggravated DUI.”
The trial will conclude on Thursday. Meanwhile, Rousso remains free on $500,000 bond.