Hit-and-run takes life of ambitious Bridgeport artist - FOX 32 News Chicago

Hit-and-run takes life of ambitious Bridgeport artist

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

By all accounts 21-year-old Carissa Hinz was a young woman full of life. A coffee shop barista with dreams of becoming a graphic design artist. In Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood, where she worked, she was known by friends and customers for her unique style and big ambitions. Many were there when she was struck by a car and the driver kept going.

Chicago police were at the Bridgeport Coffee Company Saturday afternoon where Hinz worked. She was killed late Friday night in a hit and run crash nearby.

"It's hard, it's real hard. One minute, one day she's here, the next day she's gone," said Jeff "Cosmo" Eskridge.

Eskridge is a frequent customer at the coffee shop.

"This is like a family this block, it's amazing," said Eskridge.

On Saturday morning tear-stained faces and frustration filled the coffee shop as friends and co-workers tried to make sense of what happened. On her Facebook page, Hinz invited friends out to where she was volunteering Friday night.

An event at this Co-Prosperity Sphere cultural center - when it ended she reportedly crossed the street to dump the trash. Robert Cunningham lives on the block where the crash happened. He says he heard a car that sounded like it was going way too quickly, and then a crash.

Cunningham and other witnesses tell Fox 32's Tisha Lewis Hinz went through the back windshield of a parked car further down the block and landed in the car's backseat.

"We just heard the big boom and we didn't really know what it was because it was this really strange sound so then we saw the people, we were looking out of the window on the third floor and we saw the people rushing over and we were just like oh my God," said Anne Frebes, a tourist.

Police say Hinz died instantly.

Ann Frebes was visiting her daughter for Father's Day weekend. Just steps away shattered glass surrounded this makeshift memorial.

"For that to happen, I can only imagine how their family must feel. I feel terrible for that," said Frebes.

Chicago police are still searching for the driver involved in this hit and run crash. We're told the suspect was driving a dark colored car. Anyone with information should call police at 312-745-4521.

Carrisa Hinz recently graduated from the American Academy of Art and would have turned 22-years-old in July.

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