A civil case, filed against a teenager accused of “huffing” a cleaning product before striking a family with a car and killing a 5-year-old girl, has been settled. The teenager, Carly Rousso, who is now 19 years old, is out of jail on $500,000 bond. The teenage driver lost control of her car, went across several lanes of traffic and then onto the sidewalk, striking Modesta Sacramento Jimenez and her three children. Five-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento died in the Labor Day crash.
Before the incident, the teenager inhaled fumes from a computer cleaning product, a practice sometimes called “huffing.” A canister of the cleaning product involved was found in her car. On the criminal side, if she is convicted on all charges, the 19-year-old faces up to 26 years in prison. While 26 years would be a tough sentence for a teenager, it pales in comparison to the death of an innocent victim caused by a totally irresponsible act. Young people must be made aware of the hazards created by doing things that not only hurt themselves, but also put others at risk of being injured or killed.
The parents of the victim, Modesta Sacramento Jimenez and Tomas Santos DeJesus, filed the lawsuit, alleging wrongful death, negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Robert Baizer, a lawyer with Baizer Kolar & Lewis, represented the parents. He did a very good job in the case.
Source: Chicago Tribune
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