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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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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