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18-year-old cited in Highland Park crash that killed girl, 5

Carly Rousso

Carly Rousso

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Updated: September 6, 2012 5:19AM



A woman has been cited for allegedly driving into a family on a Highland Park sidewalk Monday, injuring three people and killing a 5-year-old girl. Authorities say more charges are still possible.

Carly A. Rousso, 18, of the 2300 block of Woodpath Lane in Highland Park, was cited with driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound in connection with the crash in the 700 block of Central Avenue, Highland Park Police said.

Additional charges are possible because police are still investigating the crash and awaiting tests results of blood and urine samples collected after the crash, the release said.

Rousso will appear in court in Waukegan Sept. 21 on the initial citation.

She was allegedly driving a Lexus coupe eastbound on Central Avenue when the vehicle crossed the westbound lanes, left the roadway and struck a mother and her three young children who were walking westbound on the sidewalk on the north side of the street.

The girl’s father, Tomas Santo de Jesus, said he was at work when his wife Modesta Sacramento-Jimenez and their three young children were hit while walking in the Highland Park neighborhood where they have lived for eight years.

“I want to explain the law to the person who hit them,” said Santos de Jesus between sobs, speaking Spanish.

Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento, 5, was taken to Evanston Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. Her mother remains hospitalized Wednesday for non-life-threatening injuries. The girl’s younger brothers, Daniel, 4, and Juan Carlitos, 2, were also hurt but have been treated and released.

Jaclyn had just started kindergarten at Indian Trail School in Highland Park.

A memorial fund has been established for the Santos Sacramento family at http://indiegogo.com/indiantrailmemorialfund.

“Jaclyn was smart and loving and brought joy to all those around her,” noted Jessica Millen, a co-president of the Indian Trail Parent-Teacher Organization, who is helping to organize the effort.

Mayor Nancy Rotering also has asked the Emergency Relief Task Force to convene Tuesday to consider helping the victim’s family pay for medical and bereavement expenses.

Rotering said after the tragedy, “Our hearts go out to everyone involved. This accident is a parent’s worst nightmare and has created a devastating loss.”

The Rev. Thomas Balbonieri of St. James Church in Highwood was summoned to meet with grieving family members at the hospital.

“This is really going to be such a tremendous loss for them,” said Balbonieri, whose Catholic church serves Highwood, Highland Park and Fort Sheridan. “Their faith needs to be strong at this time. I know they have a lot of friends and family members present with them. They were just kind of trying to deal with it as best they can.”

Balbonieri told the family “we are here for them” if they want to hold a funeral mass at St. James.



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