BRIDGEPORT — It’s been nearly two months since aspiring artist Carissa Hinz was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, but each day that passes seems to bring friends new motivation to help bring closure, and perhaps an arrest.
"I am doing my best to honor Carissa's memory and help with any type of justice, closure, or whatever other minute consolation I can provide to myself, and the rest of her friends and family," said Hinz’s friend Chris Del Sesto.
On Monday, the 27-year-old videographer headed out on a gray afternoon to post new flyers to replace the old ones he and others have pasted throughout the neighborhood.
Del Sesto has paired up with Cook County Crime Stoppers to offer reward money for information leading to an arrest in the case. The group is offering up to $1,000 cash.
Anyone with information can call an anonymous tip line at (800) 535-7867 or send a text message to 274637 – tipsters must type the word “CPD” followed by the tip.
The reward offer is good for 60 days.
The money will come from the “This World is Ours” fundraiser, a bash thrown by Hinz’s friends that saw donations pour in from the Bridgeport community.
Hinz was struck June 14 by a maroon Hyundai Sonata while taking out the trash at a community-focused party at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, an art gallery at 3219 S. Morgan St. The car was occupied by three people.
Del Sesto hopes residential and commercial security camera footage may have captured the car’s escape from the area. He also plans to post flyers on the North Side.
Copies of the flyer can be downloaded at the Carissa Hinz Community Outreach Facebook page, where Del Sesto posts updates on the investigation.
While posting the new flyers at the corner of 31st and Morgan streets on Monday, Del Sesto encountered Rico Rios, 34, who said he’d heard about the hit-and-run and was unsure of the outcome.
“Somebody saw something,” Ricos said. “They got away with murder.”