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

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

A 5-year-old girl was killed when a vehicle drove onto a sidewalk where she was walking with her mother and two brothers on Central Avenue in Highland Park on Monday afternoon, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento 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 Highland Park News.

Santos-Sacramento was taken to Evanston Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. Monday.

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 an 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.

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

Marine Sniper September 04, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Such a sad and tragic story. The end of a child's life at the hands of what may have truly been an accident. I pray her family receives all the emotional support and guidance to help regain their stability in life. God bless them. ---Semper Fi!
kurt swanson September 04, 2012 at 11:14 PM
wow very sad

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