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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No News is the Best News September 05, 2012 at 06:17 AM
here is a fundraiser being held for the Family http://www.indiegogo.com/indiantrailmemorialfund
Steve S. September 05, 2012 at 01:33 PM
To the 17 yr old from Deerfield HS, you are a brave young man. Nice Job. From TribLocal: We're certainly looking at the possibility impairment was involved here," said Highland Park Deputy Police Chief George Pfutzenreuter. "You don't just throw the charges at somebody until you get all the evidence back." After striking the family, at some point the vehicle moved backward, possibly striking one of the victims again, according to the deputy chief. A 17-year-old Deerfield High School student told the Tribune he was with his mother pulling out of the Sunset Food parking lot when they turned onto Central Avenue and saw a woman in a black Lexus cut across two lanes of traffic and strike the family. The teen said he saw the vehicle back over the family after the initial crash. Then the car slowly rolled toward them again, and he said he put himself between the car and the people who were injured on the ground. "I pushed as hard as I could," he said. "The little boy had blood running down his face, the little girl was ominously silent and the mother was wailing on her cell phone."
Samantha Stolberg September 05, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Theodore- There must be some valid legalities present that they have yet to release the name of the driver, but I think the police department has done a poor job communicating that explanation to the community. "Investigation ongoing" can be an acceptable justification, but only if well explained to a community in outrage. Clearly this isn't a case of simple DUI, as a breathalyzer would have evidenced that fairly quickly. I don't want to speculate, but I gather this is a lot deeper than any of us know. Highland Park strives to encourage inclusion and support of all cultures. I think this is well demonstrated in the outpouring of support for this family over the last 36 hours. PLEASE do not let the police's lack of information negate any of that.
Samantha Stolberg September 05, 2012 at 02:16 PM
"At the direction of the Lake County State's Attorney's Office, the release states that charges have not been filed, pending investigation results and state crime lab analysis." So clearly it's not the Highland Park Police Department's call.
A.Resident September 05, 2012 at 02:25 PM
The monies that are being so generously donated should go directly to the family. All medical bills will be paid by the DRIVER'S insurance company. More people will donate when they are sure that the monies go to the family.
Steve S. September 05, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I believe the money is meant to go to pay for the funeral, I'm pretty sure the DRIVERS insurance won't pay for that, and for expenses incurred while the mom is recovering and cannot work or perfom daily routine.
Longtime HP Resident September 05, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Holly: The proof is in the pudding. I do not know of any other town that requires four crossing guards at an intersection and this is on the weekend not even necessarily for children. Many people think the stop sign is just a suggestion. And their children have learned that attitude.
Katie O'Meara September 05, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I believe all the speculation is occurring because it feels as though the authorities involved are withholding information that is normally shared with the community. Compare the lack of detail in the Patch report vs. other new sources which include pictures and other relevant details. As a result I and many others have no faith the truth will ever come out. If authorities can hide the identity of a citizen who killed a human being and seriously injured three others it seems to me they can hide anything.
David Greenberg September 05, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Sorry Standards, my job is not trolling the Patch for pot-stirring as you call it. If I feel like commenting on something, I will. If that bothers you - it's unfortunate, but not my problem.
David Greenberg September 05, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Stu, thanks for the update and insight.
Steve S. September 05, 2012 at 09:10 PM
@David http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/highland_park_highwood/chi-cops-await-toxicology-results-for-driver-in-fatal-highland-park-crash-20120904,0,5582877.story
David Greenberg September 05, 2012 at 09:15 PM
There's a lot of possibilities. One is that the driver may have fallen asleep (I saw that once at the old Jewel when I was about 12 yrs old. Elderly male driver fell asleep waiting for his wife, hit the gas, drove right through the fence and smashed into the block wall that's along the edge of the Corbe bldg parking lot). Maybe she took some sleep aid the night before and it had an adverse effect on her... Maybe she was drunk. Narcoleptic. Epileptic. Fainted due to dehydration or some other reason. Or maybe the car had some mechanical failure. As for backing up - perhaps she was in shock and thought that was the right thing to do. Or if she was sleeping, in a dream state... Tragic nonetheless, but I'm certain we'll find out what happened. The family walking on the sidewalk certainly has my sympathies...
Samantha Stolberg September 06, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Mayor Rotering has issued a statement regarding the handling of the driver's identity: http://www.cityhpil.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=123
Samantha Stolberg September 06, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Mayor Rotering has issued a statement regarding the handling of the driver's identity: http://www.cityhpil.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=123
The Q September 06, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Shes full of it.....the cops could have held that girl for 24 hours at the least.
Kathy B September 06, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I think this family needs a GOOD LAWYER how about that?? Is there anyone out there who can represent them for free?? The driver was charged with a midemeaner
Melissa September 06, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Relax everyone....word is out: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/05/highland-park-mayor-frustrated-by-deadly-crash-investigation/
Melissa September 06, 2012 at 01:54 AM
why Patch is not on it is beyond me
Melissa September 06, 2012 at 02:02 AM
I am very upset with HP Patch. This girl was named in this blog at 1:10pm this afternoon. HP took the post down immediately. The girl's name is also listed in Deerfield Patch as was left in tact: http://deerfield.patch.com/articles/no-charges-yet-in-highland-park-fatal-accident#comments_list I know because I subscribed to the thread and got the e-mail naming her. Someone named by John Born lists the girl's name in Deerfield Patch, but the HP contributor got flagged...although real information.
RB September 06, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Charges filed..... http://touch.chicagotribune.com/#section/545/article/p2p-72109550/
Social Justice September 06, 2012 at 02:28 AM
The driver needs to be charged with murder. She killed someone.
Phil McCrackin September 06, 2012 at 03:09 AM
I can't believe that this girl is not in the Lake County jail. She is guilty of at least negligent or vehicular manslaughter at this point. She has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, she murdered a five year old girl and injured three others while she was driving under the influence, why is she not in jail?!?! I have to say, sadly, that I agree with Theodore Perez's opinion that, had the driver been a minority or someone of lesser means that they WOULD be in jail right now. I don't say this lightly either. Having been born and raised, and still living on the north shore, I can't tell you the number of times I've been on Green Bay or Sheridan road, and seen older less expensive cars pulled over by the police. Not to say I haven't seen a Mercedes or BMW pulled over also. I had my share of traffic stops when I was younger also, and I didn't drive a nice car, but it seemed that as soon as they saw my Glencoe address on my drivers license, their attitude softened quite a bit. Read the police blotter from HP, Glencoe, Winnetka, or one of the other NS towns, and you'll notice that a majority of the tickets issued are to people who don't live here. I dont wish ill on anyone, but I hope this girl that is responsible is given what she deserves and no less.
Social Justice September 06, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Why isn't she in jail? Without bond? Hmmm, yep if it were the other way around you bet someone would be in jail. Wrong, just wrong.
Longtime HP Resident September 06, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Melissa: I wondered the same thing. Who are we protecting and why? This is public information. Who are we afraid of offending?
Megan September 07, 2012 at 05:32 AM
She was charged with Misdemeanor DUI. The actions of an 18-year old adult killed an innocent child and traumatized a family for life. At the least, she should be charged with involuntary man slaughter -- especially considering her illegal underage drinking and driving. Her family's socio-economic status should have no bearing on the consequences received for such a crime - which undoubtedly led to this 18 year old's minimal charges. If this were an intoxicated, underage black or latino individual who was driving AND killed a child, the charges would be severe. The severity of the crime does not change and the resulting consequences should not fluctuate due to the perpetrator's socio-economic status.
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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