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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.'

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

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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