No Charges Yet in Highland Park Fatal Accident

Five-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento was hit and killed by a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old Highland Park woman in the 700 block of Central Ave. Police say the investigation into the incident is not yet complete.


No charges have been filed in the accident that killed a five-year-old girl as she walked with her mother and two younger brothers in Highland Park on Labor Day.

The Lexus Coupe involved in the accident, driven by an 18-year-old Highland Park woman, left the roadway at 2:30 p.m. Monday and hit the family walking on the sidewalk in the 700 block of Central Ave. 

Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento was killed, while her mother Modesta Sacramento and younger brothers, two and four years of age, escaped with non-life threatening injuries.

Both boys were treated and released from the hospital, but Modesta Sacramento remains hospitalized, according to a press release from the Highland Park police. 

Highland Park Deputy Chief George Pfutzenreuter said it is premature to come to any conclusions yet in the case.  

The department is currently working with the Lake County Major Crash Team to process the vehicle, and to determine if driver impairment was a factor in the crash, according to the release.

The release went on to say both law enforcement agencies are working in collaboration with the Lake County State's Attorney's Office. 

The driver, whose name has not yet been released, was the only occupant in the car. At the time of the crash she was travelling eastbound on Central Ave. before crossing the westbound lanes and striking the family as they walked on the sidewalk. 

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. 

Really? September 05, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Exactly, Jack! Enough holding this woman's name secret. By any standard, her name should have been reported. Why has it not? Where is she? If she were Latino or Black or Poor, we would for sure know it!
Violet Flemenbaum September 06, 2012 at 01:39 AM
According to NBC5, Miss Rousso is being charged with driving under the influence. Additional charges are expected as soon as bloodwork results come back.
lexie perez September 06, 2012 at 02:14 AM
I was there the day of the accident. It was right in front of sunset and next to the BP gas station. I saw the 3 ambulances take the family away to the hospital just a few blocks down sunset ave. My prayers go out to the family cause who knows. It could have been me and one of my 4 kids. and as fire the driver, I don't care what any lawyer says. She drove over a curb and into the sidewalk killing a5 year old girl and ripped a family apart. she needs to turn herself in regardless. Her parents should not be hiding her from the trouble she gotten herself into. Whether she was drunk or texting and driving. There is no way to run a car up on that sidewalk without some sort of impairment on the drivers part.
CJ September 06, 2012 at 03:02 AM
She is from a well connected HP family apparently, David and Gabrielle Rousso perhaps? A brief google/linkedn/myspace/twitter search( yeah it was brief) suggests they are involved in the HP chamber of commerce and an art center in HP. He is a CEO of some data biz, mom is involved in the North Shore Jewish community. Carly refers to drunk driving class and watching a show in which the protagonists "didn't know what a real bad girl is." She also remarks about how $20 can mean so much to some people or something to that effect clearly demarcating her social status. Per an online search she lives in an over 1 million dollar home with her 'rents
soccermom72 September 07, 2012 at 02:54 PM
The driver should be behind bars like any one else who hits a pedestrian. Race is playing a major factor here. I hope the family sues the pants off her and she's put behind bars for her crime. If it were the other way around I'm 110% sure the hispanic person would not be out on bond or walking around. It make's me sick to read this article.


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