Our community continues to grieve over the tragic death of 5-year old Jaclyn Santos – Sacramento on Labor Day. As you may already know, Jaclyn was struck and killed by an 18-year old driver while she was walking with her family near downtown Highland Park. Her mother and younger brothers sustained injuries as well.

This case, like other similar cases, is handled by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. The decision to file charges is made by the Lake County State’s Attorney.

The City Council, staff and I are frustrated by the delayed manner in which this case is being handled. Releasing the driver with no restrictions was a decision of the State’s Attorney. This was a mistake and we are demanding an explanation.

We continue to urge the Lake County State’s Attorney, in the strongest possible terms, to conclude its investigation and evaluation of the evidence and bring charges against the driver as appropriate. Without this vital next step, due process cannot proceed and our community cannot begin to work through this tragedy.

This case must be brought to its proper, legal conclusion. All of the facts should be and must be shared with the community.

In response to this tragedy, the community has initiated a fund raising effort to provide the economic support the Santos Family needs at this time. The HP Community Foundation is serving as a repository to receive tax-deductible donations and manage distribution to the family. Donations should be noted to the benefit of the Santos Family and mailed to the Highland Park Community Foundation, PO Box 398, Highland Park, Illinois. Donations can also be on-line at the following web address:

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