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Car Drives Onto Sidewalk, Kills 5-Year-Old Girl

A car struck a family on Central Avenue on Labor Day afternoon, killing a 5-year-old Highland Park resident and injuring her mother and two brothers in what Mayor Nancy Rotering is calling 'a parent's worst nightmare.'

A 5-year-old was killed when a vehicle drove onto a sidewalk as she was walking with her mother and two brothers on Central Avenue in Highland Park on Monday afternoon.

The girl was with her 25-year-old mother and her 4-year-old and 2-year-old brothers, all of whom were also injured when a car jumped the curb on the north side of the 700 block of Central Avenue and plowed into them, according to a news release issued by the Highland Park Police Department.

Five-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento was taken to Evanston Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. She lived in the 900 block of Deerfield Road, according to Highland Park News. Her brothers and mother were taken to . The boys are expected to be treated and released, while her mother, Modest Sacramento-Jimenez, remains in "fair but stable" condition, reports The Highland Park News.

The car that struck her and her brothers and mother was a Lexus coupe, according to the Chicago Tribune. It was being driven by a female 18-year-old Highland Park resident, who was also treated and released at Highland Park Hospital. No charges have been filed as of Monday evening, according to the Highland Park News.

A Highland Park resident told The Chicago Tribune that Sacramento's older brother pulled his younger brother to the bushes when paramedics arrived so he wouldn't see them work to revive their sister. A makeshift memorial was set up at the scene.

“Our hearts to go out to everyone involved,” Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering said in a statement. “This accident is a parent’s worst nightmare and has created a devastating loss.”

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Pam Farraday September 07, 2012 at 09:41 PM
From her past, Carly had several issues/problems going on in her life. As a parent of two teens, I found it is better to be pro-active, not a helicopter parent but if your son or daughter needs help, seek professional help ie: psychiatrist, therapy, new environment/school whatever fits their needs in order to help them. Losing a child no matter the age is the worst thing a parent has to live with. Sympathy to all involved. https://twitter.com/carlyrousso/status/15297625329
seeya September 09, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Agreed.^ I lived in HP until I could no longer tolerate it. (35 years with a few off for college etc.) I have NEVER in my life witnessed a more self-centered disgustingly entitled community in my life. Have any of you had visitors? Everyone who ever visited me was blown away by the attitudes of many of the residents. Terrible driving is only one example. Thank goodness I no longer have to deal with this vipers nest of a community. Good riddance. So sad to hear that these selfish behaviors and me first addict uses have led to the death of a child. :(
seeya September 09, 2012 at 10:57 PM
My last sentence was meant to read, "so sad that these selfish behaviors and me-first attitudes..." auto-correct :/
di September 11, 2012 at 08:52 PM
HP.....have live here for more than 30 years. Peoples acttituds are the worst in this city, I hate it. The police have been known for been racists for years. I have been in the side of the one been hurt by a rich bratt like this Carly, I was crossing Park ave and a driver hit my baby stroller with her in it Thank God because the stroller received the impact other wise my baby would had been hit... Well guess what the driver was the daughter of a prominent surgeon apparently well known so I was not hear by police or anyone. Thank God my daughter was ok. But the attitud of police and lawyers change my idea of this beautiful city full of self center individuals that think they are better than anyone else and have no problem on showing it and express it. My heart goes to the Santos family and hope this time justice prevail.
jim longer September 14, 2012 at 02:52 PM
she was huffing and driving it is like murder driving a car like that it is a weapon she could have killed the whole family she should get at lease 20 years

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