Hit-and-Run Drivers Killed Pedestrians in Englewood and Bridgeport on Friday

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Flowers and candles near the Carissa Hinz crash site. Photo: Chicago Tribune

Last week two different people lost their lives to hit-and-run drivers, in two different South Side neighborhoods, on the same day. Both of the drivers are still at large.

On Friday at about 3:40 a.m., a southbound motorist fatally struck Timothy Jones, 41, of the 200 block of South Sacramento, in the 6000 block of South Yale, below the CTA Green Line elevated tracks, according to police. Jones was found unresponsive in the street after the crash; as of Saturday, the exact cause of death was still under investigation, according to the Chicago Tribune.

This section of Yale is a frontage road for the Dan Ryan Expressway with few intersections, making it an easy place to speed, especially late at night. The police department’s Major Accidents Investigation Unit has issued a community alert, asking anyone with information about the crash to call MAIU at 312-745-4521, or submit an anonymous tip at tipsoft.com.


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6100 block of South Yale Avenue.

That evening, shortly before midnight, another southbound driver struck and killed Carissa Hinz, 21, of the 3300 block of South Lowe Avenue, as she crossed Morgan Street near the Co-Prosperity Sphere Gallery, 3219 South Morgan, according to police. Hinz, who volunteered at the gallery, was taking out the garbage during an event when the driver of a dark-colored vehicle, possibly a Honda Accord, struck her and then fled the scene, witnesses said.

The crash threw Hinz about 100 feet and she landed on the rear windshield of another car, according to police. She died at the scene. An autopsy conducted on Saturday determined that she died from injuries sustained during the crash and ruled the death an accident, according to the Tribune.

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Carissa Hinz

MAIU is currently investingating the crash, according to Police News Affairs’ Officer Mike Sullivan. Anyone with information should contact the investigations unit.

Bob Cunningham, who has lived in an apartment overlooking Morgan for 17 years, told the Tribune that motorists often speed down the street, which he described as a “grand speedway.” The fact that this section of Morgan is on a half-mile stretch with no stoplights may contribute to the speeding problem.

Hinz had graduated from the American Academy of Art, where she studied graphic design, a month earlier, and was working full time at the nearby Bridgeport Coffee. “Our deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to her family and friends,” reads a message on the café’s website. “She was an artistic soul with a generous heart, and was beloved by neighbors, customers and her co-workers.” Friends have placed flowers and lit candles by a light pole at the crash site.

Fatality Tracker: 2013 Chicago pedestrian and bicyclist deaths

Pedestrian: 10 (9 were from hit-and-run crashes, 2 in truck crashes)
Bicyclist: 2

  • CL

    It sounds like they don’t have any information at all on the Englewood incident. When I first read the story, they had just found the body in the middle of the road and had no information at all on what happened. I imagine the forensic evidence showed that it was a southbound car, but without witnesses it’s going to be really tough to solve.

    I really don’t know how people live with themselves after they hit another human being and keep driving. I suppose it’s the rational thing to do because you can get several years in prison, but I think the guilt and anxiety of not taking responsibility would destroy me.

  • Agreed. Still, we have a hit-and-run epidemic in Chicago. Almost all of the pedestrian fatalities this year have been hit-and-runs.

  • Anna Schibrowsky

    I offer my condolences to everyone who knew the victims. I saw the aftermath of the Carissa Hinz crash on my way home Friday night. There were emergency vehicles with flashing lights on both sides of the street. It’s depressing to think there are people driving in my neighborhood who wouldn’t stop if they hit someone.

    The lack of stoplights, combined with little traffic and few pedestrians except during events like Version Fest, does make Morgan a faster alternative for motorists and also cyclists. However, law-abiding drivers can’t get up too much speed because there are three stop signs and numerous crosswalks. Most of the streets jog at Morgan, so there are multiple crosswalks for each cross street.

    A southbound motorist would’ve turned onto Morgan at 31st Street – there’s no straight approach. An attentive, law-abiding motorist would’ve stopped at the stop sign at 32nd Street before reaching the Co-Prosperity Sphere, and he or she would’ve been preparing to stop again at the sign at 32nd Place. There’s another stop sign at 33rd Place, and there are marked crosswalks between 33rd Place and the stoplight at 35th Street.

    Knowing this, I’m doubtful that adding a stoplight would rein in the kind of driver who did this. Are there stats on compliance with stoplights versus stop signs? How fast was the driver going to throw Ms. Hinz 100 feet? Wouldn’t speed bumps or rumble strips be a better option here?

  • Thanks for the additional information Anna. It’s a good question whether speed humps, which seem to be becoming the default for side streets that continue uninterrupted for any length, could be installed on this street. Morgan is an unusual kind of street. It’s not a full-on retail street like Halsted – CDOT does not install speed humps on main streets. However, it does have some retail, and it is a continuous through street. I’m guessing that the department would not install speed humps here, but I can look into this.

  • Anna Schibrowsky

    Lumpen just posted this information on Facebook, confirming my suspicions:

    “The car sped down South Morgan Street at around 10:55pm going 60-70 miles an hour from 31st to 35th street. It never stopped and ignored all stop signs.”

    They say police have located the car and detained some suspects, but they need witnesses to identify who was in the car at the time of the crash.

  • Thanks for the update Anna. That’s good news that the police have located the car and have suspects.

  • Fred

    Its amazing how many pedestrian deaths occur due to cars going 2-3x the speed limit in the city. Carissa Hinz, Bobby Cann, Eric Kereste, Janusz Kamienski. That’s just since August!

  • Will the City of Chicago ever take traffic enforcement seriously? I live on Ashland between Fullerton and Diversey, and it’s basically a drag strip, but I’ve never seen anyone pulled over by police near where I live.

  • Fred

    Its unreasonable to expect cops to be everywhere all the time enforcing all traffic laws. The better solution is traffic calming infrastructure like road diets and complete streets. The Ashland BRT should help your specific cause.

  • Of course cops can’t be everywhere, but it seems like there is no traffic enforcement whatsoever. I think the city has too many violent crime problems for the police to worry about traffic, but people die, either way.

  • Don’t need to dig very deep for evidence that Chicago is lagging behind in traffic enforcement. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-01-08/news/ct-met-ticket-drop-20120108_1_fewer-drivers-fewer-officers-chief-ray-byrne

  • Fred

    Speeding is a symptom; the cause is poor street design. Fix the streets and there will be no need for more enforcement. The speeding issue is far easier to fix than the gang issue. Fix the street and let the cops concentrate on the harder to solve problem.

  • I manage to stick to the speed limit when I drive in the city, on those same, poorly-designed streets on which some drivers seem to be compelled to drag race.

  • Nathanael

    It is well documented that streets which look narrow cause drivers to slow down, while streets which look wide and straight cause drivers to speed up. This is why road diets matter so much.

  • Nathanael

    Speed humps don’t seem to actually slow drivers down.

    Chicanes and otherwise narrowed roadways do.

    I do not have the links to the studies handy.

  • Tanya Cohen

    It’s been 6 months since Carissa Hinz was killed. The Chicago Accidents Division has the details of the owner of the vehicle, the phone records of her boyfriend and her, appears he called her after the accident and she in turn called the vehicle in stolen. There is a need for Justice for Carissa Hinz. Please share with others that Carissa Hinz’s case is still open, and, no arrests have been made. The family, friends and community need Justice for Carissa. Thank you for your blog.

  • Tanya Cohen

    It’s been 6 months since Carissa Hinz was killed. The Chicago Accidents Division has the details of the owner of the vehicle, the phone records of her boyfriend and her, appears he called her after the accident and she in turn called the vehicle in stolen. There is a need for Justice for Carissa Hinz. Please share with others that Carissa Hinz’s case is still open, and, no arrests have been made. The family, friends and community need Justice for Carissa. Thank you for your comment Anna with the update back this summer, sadly there has been no arrests. Please share with others, six long months, and as evident on this blog, pedestrians in Chicago are victims of accidents, but when a person doesn’t stop to take responsibility, or care, in my opinion, it is then a crime (hit and run, vehicular homicide).

  • Tanya Cohen

    Thank you for your condolences Anna, our family is friends with Carissa, and now her family. The family and friends are still reeling from no Justice for Carissa. It’s been 6 months since Carissa Hinz was killed. The Chicago Accidents Division has the details of the owner of the vehicle, the phone records of her boyfriend and her, appears he called her after the accident and she in turn called the vehicle in stolen. There is a need for Justice for Carissa Hinz. Please share with others that Carissa Hinz’s case is still open, and, no arrests have been made. The family, friends and community need Justice for Carissa.

  • Thanks for the update Tanya.

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