Bridgeport hit-and-run kills woman Carissa Hinz, 21

Carissa Hinz
June 15, 2013 8:13:06 PM PDT
Residents in a South Side neighborhood are in mourning as Chicago Police investigate a deadly crash.

Saturday afternoon, police are still looking for the hit and run driver who claimed the life of Carissa Hinz, and friends and family of the 21-year-old aspiring artist are asking the person responsible to do the right thing and turn themselves in.

Twenty-one-year old Carissa Hinz was hit by a car and killed. The vehicle didn't stop.

This happened Friday night in the 3200 block of South Morgan, in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

A collection of flowers and candles remain as a reminder of the tragedy that claimed the life of Carissa Hinz.

"It was not a sight to see, honestly it was pretty gruesome," said neighborhood resident Roberto Bustamante.

The 21-year old Bridgeport resident died Saturday after being struck by a hit-and-run driver overnight.

"I heard a car crash. I look out the window and there was somebody laying in the back of a car," said witness Kenneth O'Toole.

It happened near the intersection of 32nd Place and Morgan on the city's South Side as Hinz volunteered at a kickoff event at this local arts center.

Friends say when Hinz was struck as she took out the trash.

"As she was leaving, she was crossing the street and somebody was going extremely fast and hit her," said witness Hunter Huser.

Police say the driver of a dark colored 4-door vehicle who hit Hinz was traveling at such a high rate of speed, the impact sent her flying over Marcus Hayes' car and into the rear window of another parked vehicle, where she landed in the back seat.

The driver did not stop.

"From what I heard, she flew off the top of my hood and ended up in the back of the other vehicle," said Hayes.

Saturday at the neighborhood coffee house where she had worked as a barista for about a year, both co-workers and customers remembered Hinz as being kind and friendly.

"She was an amazing friend, she was an amazing person" said co-worker Leslie Warquie.

Hinz was an aspiring artist who graduated from the American Academy of Art. Saturday afternoon, as they grieve, those who knew her best want justice.

"We'd like to find out who's responsible for this," said Stephanie Irving.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the hit and run accident to contact the Chicago Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Unit.


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