Memorial Fund for 5 Year Old Killed by Car Raises $14,580 in One Day

Jessica Millen and Sara Gordon started a memorial fund for the Highland Park 5-year-old girl who was killed when a car drove onto the sidewalk on Central Avenue on Labor Day. Hours later, the fund had far surpassed its initial goal of $3,000.

 PTO co-presidents Jessica Millen and Sara Gordon set up a memorial fund Tuesday to raise money for the family of Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento, who

In only a few hours, the memorial fund raised $3,550. About 260 people had donated as of midnight on Tuesday, with some donating as much as $500. The total amount raised as of Tuesday night was $14,580.

Click here to donate to the memorial fund.

"I'm not surprised by the Highland Park community in the least," Millen said. "I'm really honored to be a part of a community that really steps up."

Sacramento was with her 25-year-old mother and her 4-year-old and 2-year-old brothers 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 . Sacramento was taken to Evanston Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. Her mother remains in "fair but stable condition" at . Her brothers are expected to be treated and released, according to The Highland Park News.

Millen and Gordon decided to start the memorial fund after hearing the tragic news on Monday night.

"We decided this would be a great way for our community to support the family during this horrible time," Millen said.

The driver of the vehicle was an 18-year-old Highland Park resident who's name has not yet been released. She was the lone occupant of the vehicle and was transported to Highland Park Hospital, where she was treated and released, according to the Highland Park Police Department. Preliminary investigation indicates that the car, a Lexus coupe, was heading eastbound on Central when it crossed the westbound lanes, left the roadway and struck the four pedestrians as they walked westbound on the sidewalk.

"Investigating officials are continuing to process the vehicle for evidence and determine if impairment of the driver was a factor in the crash," reports the release issued by the police department.

No charges have been filed.

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John Born September 05, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Yes. Unfortunately. This is annoymous, but accurate info, John Born is not my name.
Kathy B September 05, 2012 at 11:23 PM
yes indeed that is the word on the street her name,, also there are "rumors" about what the tox may reveal- Again hear say that the car was a bday gift?
Jacob Nelson (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I feel like I need to chime in here and remind readers that no charges have yet been filed by the States' Attorney, meaning the identity of the driver has not yet formally been revealed. The charges are expected to go through in the next 24 hours. Until then, please be mindful of what you post here. Thank you.
RB September 06, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Jacob, did you get the press release from the Mayor?
Samantha Stolberg September 06, 2012 at 12:27 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 12:36 AM
Mayor Rotering has issued a statement regarding the handling of the driver's identity: http://www.cityhpil.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=123
Justin September 06, 2012 at 01:08 AM
The Roussos do not "have various financial dealings with the city" and the father is NOT any sort of political player. The mother and father both have donated a lot of their time to save the art center from serious financial problems. I would also be extremely surprised to learn that the car was "a birthday present to the daughter/driver" as another anonymous Patch commenter has written. The father has had that car for many years and I don't know him to have a new one. This rumor in particular sounds like it was born of ugly stereotypes.
steven erog September 06, 2012 at 01:13 AM
what are the rumors about the tox reports?
Neighbor September 06, 2012 at 01:24 AM
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/05/Highland-Park-Mayor-Frustrated-by-Deadly-Crash-Investigation/ HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (CBS) — Police have cited an 18-year-old woman with the offense of driving while intoxicated in connection with a Labor Day accident in Highland Park that killed a 5-year-old girl, but the mayor suggests the driver has been treated too leniently. Carly A. Rousso of Highland Park is expected to appear in court Sept. 21 at the Lake County Courthouse, the city said in a news release issued Wednesday. Rousso allegedly was operating a Lexus that struck Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento at 2:30 p.m. Monday as the girl was walking with her mother and two younger brothers on Central Avenue near Green Bay Road.
Theodore Perez September 06, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Here is the piece from the Chicago Tribune. I am disappointed to hear that this is only a misdemeanor. That is sickening. We must ask for more from our city and the HPPD. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-highland-park-teen-charged-in-traffic-death-of-5yearold-20120905,0,582795.story
Kathy B September 06, 2012 at 01:32 AM
All of the Highland Parkers know her name and soon it will be public info, my concerns are for the victims, they can have other issues like lets hope they are here legally. I dont mean to sound nasty but many of my son's friends are not legally, sad but true,,,
Kathy B September 06, 2012 at 01:35 AM
A misdemeanor for the death of a child... Now I have heard it all- This is screwed up!
Theodore Perez September 06, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Yes it is screwed up. Demand more of our city. It is not just an offense to the child's family but an insult to all of us. So terrible to see our leaders not get this right. Children deserve our protection. It has not happened here.
The real anonymous September 06, 2012 at 01:39 AM
“ until toxicology results along with other evidence is evaluated . . . Additional charges will be pending.” Did you not bother to read the third paragraph? Of course a misdemeanor is not enough. She killed a person she obviously is going to be charged for the crime.
Theodore Perez September 06, 2012 at 01:47 AM
She should be in custody or at least made to post bond. I hope that more charges are brought, but it seems that vehicular homicide is in order. Vehicular homicide is a felony. Here are the penalties for vehicular homicide in Illinois: 1 to 28 years Aggravated DUI resulting in death: Class 2 felony, Not less than 3 years or more than 14 years (for death of 1 person) or not less than 6 years or more than 28 years (for death of 2 or more persons) and not more than $25,000. The offender is required to serve 85% of any term of imprisonment. The court may not sentence the offender to probation unless the court finds that “extraordinary circumstances” exist requiring probation. See 625 ILCS 5/11-501(d)(1)(F). 625 ILCS 5/11-501(d)(2)(G); 730 ILCS 5/5-9-1.
Its me September 06, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Jacob there's no reason to try and cover up for a stupid girl who killed a child. This girl is plain trouble and it's obvious the city and police dept is covering up and protecting her by not releasing her name so it helps that she comes from money and a family that has ties to the city (despite the fact that it is our right as the public to know her name--the patch has NEVER hesitated to print the names of people who are ticketed and not necessarily guilty but this girl is guilty as sin and you're PROTECTING her too? it's just appalling)
Marine Sniper September 06, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Part I Terribly screwed up! Wow. ..... HP Police Department will have much to explain of their "handling" of this horrific "accident." I truly hope if legalities were bypassed as a result of patronizes being exploited, those responsible will be harshly delt with. And by that I would believe it be appropriate they are publically denounced and forfeit their position and any monies from a pension be negated. The blood and urine samples that were obtained from Miss Rousso, at the hospital, could have been released within the hour as to the results being positive or negative. Tests are taken, results given, and appropiate actions are taken by the investigating officers on the spot in hundreds of similar cases. Why were things handled differently here? What happened here that she was released without any liability or responsibility for her actions?
Marine Sniper September 06, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Part II This was a statement posted earlier: "The mother and father both have donated a lot of their time to save the art center from serious financial problems." If there is any truth to this then there has to be a question of any improprieties that may have taken place in Miss Rousso not being charged at the hospital, her not having to post a bond, or her name being "withheld" from the public eye. I now believe the city of HP and it's "police department" will be on public diplay from here on in. The will be continually scrutinized from here on in, and rightly so. The mayor has already chosen sides when she was quoted as saying, "“The decision to file charges is made by the Lake County State’s Attorney,” Rotering wrote. “Releasing the driver with no restrictions was a decision of the State’s Attorney. This was a mistake and we are demanding an explanation.” The public outcry will change the charges brought against Miss Rousso. Further "donations", by her parents, to the art center will be of no consequence. ---Semper Fi!
No Name September 06, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Jim September 06, 2012 at 04:59 AM
in time? You just don't get it! I just saw a whole list of people who had been in accidents throughout the northern and western suburbs that involved a death, and NOT ONE OF THE DRIVERS WAS ALLOWED TO GO HOME. And some of the drivers were not drunk. So what's up with that? Can't you see the difference? Death + car + driver = responsibility until proven otherwise. Not the other way around like : uhhh, lets let the driver go home, and we'll give you a call when we figure out if you had anything to do with it and should be held responsible. WHAT SENSE DOES THAT MAKE?? If that happens, then they are affordung the driver tons of advantages like talking to an attorney before they are even "revisited" or "looked for" afterward, and also, what about fleeing the country? c'mon man! Also, it makes sense to detain the driver for more reasons than responsibility. How about protecting the drivers own family from vigilantism, retaliation, etc. Man, HPPD, maybe they should go back to school.
Jim September 06, 2012 at 10:02 AM
Hey I think Carly should start workin out. She'd be better off as strong as possible once you hit the joint. Maybe you're dad can getcha some steroids with some of those connections he probably has so that can help ya speed up the process. I'm sure the roids won't be worse that the crap she was doin when she slammed into the innocent people walking on the sidewalk. I bet she's gettin wasted right now. I mean she's free isn't she? So she can do just about anything now. It's obvious she's a wastaholic. She could get wasted and go to Walgreens anytime she wants. What a joke she's not in custody. Way to go Lake County and HPPD. You just forgot bro get rid of the skunk before it started stinking up the whole system. Nice job.
Lou September 06, 2012 at 12:42 PM
No one in Highland Park walks unscathed from this tragedy.Jaclyn, her mother and family are sadly, victims. Carly's family and Carly are grieving.Does each writer to the Patch believe they could not cause this tragedy, do they avoid texting 100%, do they always obey the speed limit? I doubt it!.But, any of us could suddenly be in handcuffs because drivers in Highland Park are often careless, texting, talking on cell phones, speedy and oblivious to others. That's a multi-ton metal machine capable of 100 mph we're operating.Our local driving culture is obviously anti-social, pedestrians and other drivers are considered hindrances, not vulnerable human beings.Writers to the Patch tell of the teenage consumption of alcohol and drugs in and around Deerfield and Highland Park, it's a wonder there are not more similar bloody events.And what about the future victims, us, those who have not yet been crashed into by drivers who commonly speed, cloud up their minds with substances, text, talk on cell phones and whisk thru stop signs?Drivers need to realize the weapon underneath them can leave permanent scars.We could all learn from this tragedy:make driving a thoughtful, safe and caring act, not a fast, furious, substance clouded, cell phone, texting or mindless sprint.
Lou September 06, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Yes, the cops took their time. But this is not television, accident scenes require close analysis. Identifying a driver can be difficult especially when a driver is found outside a damaged vehicle. Could there have been another driver who walked away? Was there another vehicle involved who cut off the driver? Did the driver consume substances after the crash? It happens. Each step in an investigation must be taken carefully, it's like surgery. Imagine if the police made serious errors in this investigation, the community would be even more angry. Our attention should be on the victims and the future, so that this does not happen again, but, google 'crash' 'dui' 'teen', it happens way too often.
Its me September 06, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Theodore, in an article that just came out it states that she evidently was charged monday and released on bond. still not sure why we're finding this out now or why they kept her name from the public for nearly 3 days... http://highlandpark.patch.com/articles/rousso-cited-with-dui-days-before-her-name-was-released
Its me September 07, 2012 at 12:50 AM
anyone else notice how many comments they deleted? like all the ones that cited her tweet about drunk driving. wow nice one patch...
Marine Sniper September 07, 2012 at 02:05 AM
@Its me Your right, "Its me". I have also noticed this. It is now evident either the comment moderator or a directive from his/her supervisor have negated these post we speak of. Now you must question if Patch is "entwined" in this questionable handling of this "accident". ---Semper Fi!
Lou September 08, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Besides the loss of a beautiful innocent child and the stark reminder of how alleged substance abuse can fatally pounce on and tear us apart in a moment's notice, I am now aware of the bountiful 'hate' some in our community possess. Maybe it should be expected, millionaires sharing the same schools and roads with newly arrived citizens and workers from a less fortunate country. It should behoove all of us to recognize this animosity, define it and work to eradicate it. From personal experience, I have found Latinos some of the most polite, trustworthy and diligent individuals. Perhaps some in the community don't share my thoughts, maybe they could consider some changes. I know that our school system bends over backwards to accommodate and educate those whose needs require extra help, I've seen it. From a future looking and optimistic perspective, it would be a "gift" if those writing to this blog provide the community with specific recommendations that could benefit those in need. Alleging discrimination, writing hateful racist and messages may serve to ventilate past grievances but will do little to promote change. Each person's family at one time was a victim of hate, racism or injustice.No family is scar free.But, which works better for human beings, screaming vengeance, writing hate or a workable plan for fairness?Many HP people work to end poverty and reduce discrimination, we feel the murderous regimes in our past, we're not all evil.
Samantha Stolberg September 08, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Wow, Lou. I've read just about every comment on the four or more Patch articles regarding this horrendous tragedy and I'm pretty sure not one of them has been negative towards Latinos. Frankly, it seems most of the "anti" comments have been anti-white and disparaging towards those with certain degrees of wealth. Not sure which comments you've been reading, but if I'm wrong please let me know. Until then, I'll just sit here completely offended by your remarks.
Lou September 09, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Samantha: Anti-white and anti Jewish comments. What does being Jewish have to do with any of this, or, do you see a connection???? Maybe you should read these blogs a little closer. Kristy 1:21 pm on Friday, September 7, 2012 Oh gosh, I sure do love seeing white privilege play out. *SARCASM* If the driver were a minority teenager who hit a little white girl in Highland Park, I think the reaction and punishment would be much more swift and severe. He is a CEO of some data biz, mom is involved in the North Shore Jewish community.
Social Justice September 09, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Is being Jewish a race or a religion? I truly have wondered about this. Obviously, Israel is the Holy land of Jesus so there must be Christians living there, so what would they be called? I know I'm off topic, but would like to know.


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