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Chicago woman, 18, charged with reckless homicide in death of 5-year-old

Carly Rousso, 18, has been charged with reckless homicide after she allegedly struck and killed a five-year-old girl.
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(CBS) CHICAGO - Carly Rousso has been charged with reckless homicide after she allegedly struck and killed a five-year-old girl while driving, CBS Chicago reports.

The 18-year-old from Highland Park was also charged with aggravated driving under the influence after blood tests detected difluoroethane, a chemical found in commercial cleaning products, in her system, reports a news release from the Lake County State's Attorney.

According to prosecutors, a container of the cleaning product was found in Rousso's car. The teenager has a history of drug abuse and may have been trying to get high by inhaling computer cleaning spray when she drove onto the sidewalk, sources told CBS Chicago News.

Jaclyn Santos Sacramento, 5, was killed after Rousso allegedly drove her car across several lanes of traffic and onto the sidewalk, slamming into the child and her surrounding family. Rousso is also charged with causing injuries suffered by Jaclyn's mother and her two brothers.

Rousso's bond is set at $500,000. Her father offered condolences to the victim's family on Tuesday.

"My heart grieves for the family. We are absolutely devastated for the family. This is so difficult for everyone," Dave Rousso said.

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