Miguel Ixpec-Chitay, the younger brother of Carlos Armando Ixpec-Chitay, who was accused of driving a car that struck and killed Sister Jacqueline Walsh in Water Mill on July 9, was arrested recently for making a false statement to investigators about being in contact with his brother following the crash, according to Southampton Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa.
Miguel Ixpec-Chitay of Riverhead allegedly was in contact with his brother in July—at the same time he told authorities they had not spoken, according to police. Det. Sgt. Costa said that there were between 15 and 20 calls between the two brothers in July.
Carlos Armando Ixpec-Chitay, a 30-year-old undocumented Guatemalan immigrant, is suspected of driving a 2009 Volkswagen Touareg owned by Andrew Zaro, who has a home near the scene of the fatal accident on Rose Hill Road, at about 8:30 p.m. on July 9. The driver struck and killed Sister Walsh, 59, of Syosset, ditched the SUV about a half mile away in a driveway on Crescent Avenue and fled the scene. Police said Mr. Ixpec-Chitay, who had a previous arrest for DWI, does not have a valid driver’s license.
The U.S. Marshals Service has been leading a manhunt since Mr. Ixpec-Chitay fled the state and have been focusing within U.S. Borders—and along the West Coast—as a countrywide arrest warrant has been issued by Southampton Town Justice Court and endorsed by a Suffolk County judge.
Once located and arrested, Mr. Ixpec-Chitay faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident in which there was a fatality, according to authorities.