$11,250 reward now offered for info in death of hit and run victim

POSTED: 7:02 PM Nov 05 2012
GREENVILLE -

The reward to find the driver who hit and killed 20-year-old Austin Baeza has gone up since Friday.

For almost three months now, the Baeza family has been waiting for answers as to what happened to their son.

The Pitt Community College student was found dead along Highway 33, just west of Memorial Drive in Greenville on August 18th around 9 a.m.

So far, the case has remained cold and there has only been a vague description given of the car that struck Austin. It is described as a white or gray Chrysler with damage to the right side.

However, now people from all across the nation are stepping up to help the family get those answers.

Early Monday morning, the family told us Euro Motor Cars in Germantown, Maryland, the company Austin's father works for, contributed $3,000 dollars to the reward money. This comes after Brent Lee, a local businessman in Greenville, donated $2,000 to the cause on Friday.

Austin's mom, Nicki Baeza tells us how she felt when she heard her husband's company was contributing money.

"I cried. Um they had said initially when all this happened that whatever they could do to please let them know. They would partner up," Baeza said.

and it's that generosity from others that nicki hopes will help authorities find the driver of the car that struck down her son.

"It's awful. I mean even if that person were to step forward today you know we still don't have a lot of answers. That will only be a small piece of the puzzle," Baeza said.

However, with the Holiday season already upon us, the Baeza family is hoping the reward money will entice someone to come forward so they can finally get some closure.

Call Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers if you have information in this case.