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Three Weeks After Fatal Water Mill Hit-And-Run, No Arrest

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Colleen Reynolds   Aug 1, 2012 9:06 AM
Aug 1, 2012 10:25 AM

More than three weeks after a fatal hit-and-run accident in Water Mill that killed a Roman Catholic nun, the suspected driver remains at large, and authorities continue to be mostly mum about the investigation.

Carlos Armando Ixpec-Chitay, 30, a Guatemalan national with no driver’s license and a previous arrest for DWI, is suspected of absconding after striking and killing 59-year-old Sister Jacqueline Walsh of Syosset on Rose Hill Road shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 9. Police said he then ditched the 2009 Volkswagen Tourareg he was driving about a half mile away, in a Crescent Avenue driveway.

Mr. Ixpec-Chitay was employed by the owner of the Volkswagen, Andrew Zaro, who lives near the scene of the accident.

Police have previously said Mr. Ixpec-Chitay has left New York State but would not answer questions about whether he is now believed to have crossed the U.S. border into Mexico.

The U.S. Marshals Service, which had taken the lead on the manhunt, has not returned requests for comment.

Southampton Town Police Sergeant Lisa Costa did not reply to several questions emailed to her this week, including whether the suspect is believed to still be in the United States and what details of the accident reconstruction process have emerged. She would only say the investigation is “ongoing and active.”

“Whether it takes another day, month, or year, we are committed to finding him and bringing him before the court for proper justice,” she wrote.

Sister Walsh, a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas order, had gone for a solo walk when she was struck, just a short distance from the retreat house, Mercy Villa, where she had been staying on a religious retreat.

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crickets....what now?
By LI native (63), east moriches on Aug 11, 12 1:16 AM
Is the date for this article correct? (8/1/12) The link for it has not appeared in the other articles until recently IMO. Also, there is only one previous comment, dated early this morning.

Thanks for the update. See comment posted in main article dated 7/25/12 (link above).

Have a good weekend.
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Aug 11, 12 5:18 AM
this is pathetic...what is most pathetic is having the police not put out the name and picture of the "alleged" killer Then, MORE PATHETIC, MONEY DRIVEN POLICE FORCE TACTIC, put out a measly $5000. reward OVER THREE WEEKS AFTER! !! SPITTING ON THE GROUND!!! Disgusting! If it was Zaro's family member, the name, picture, and a HUGE reward would have been there.
By LI native (63), east moriches on Aug 26, 12 2:06 AM
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Sister Walsh was left to die on the side of the road, and the authorities are now in their EIGHTH work week of "solving" this heinous crime.

Labor Day will mark the two-month "anniversary" of the hit-and-run in Water Mill.

TWO SOLID MONTHS AND WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT?

The pregnant silence from the authorities continues to grow.
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Aug 29, 12 10:34 AM
The print edition has brief thoughts on this, but no real details. See comment in article dated 7/25/12 (link above).
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Aug 30, 12 5:38 PM
Two months and counting, with no information from the authorities.
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Sep 11, 12 12:58 PM
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