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.