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Police Say 30-Year-Old Hispanic Man Is Being Sought In Fatal Hit-And-Run; Name Still Not Released

Publication: The East Hampton Press
By Colleen Reynolds   Jul 12, 2012 12:45 PM
Jul 12, 2012 3:48 PM

UPDATE: Thursday, 3 p.m.

An approximately 30-year-old Hispanic man is the suspect in the fatal hit-and-run of Sister Jacqueline Walsh, and police are appealing to him to turn himself in to any law enforcement agency.

Though officers said they know exactly who they are seeking and have his name and photograph, they are still not releasing his identity—saying only that there were investigative reasons for withholding that information from the public.

“We don’t want anybody approaching him, outside of law enforcement, right now,” Southampton Town Police Chief William Wilson Jr. said. “If he’s not taken into custody in the near future—and I’m not going to lock myself into a timeline—then we will seek the public’s help and the media’s help by releasing his name and photo.

“We have our reasons, and I’m not asking anybody to understand them, but we have reasons for why we’re not divulging that information yet,” he added. “If and when the time comes, we will put it out there.”

Town Police are working with the U.S. Marshals, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas J. Spota’s office, New York State Police and the Suffolk County Crime Laboratory.

Police could not confirm if the suspect already has a lawyer, nor would they say if there is any relationship to Mr. Zaro, the vehicle’s owner. They did say that the vehicle had not been reported stolen.

The SUV was found on Tuesday morning, tucked into a private property, police said, but they would not specify which property. A search warrant was executed on the vehicle yesterday at police headquarters.

Sister Walsh—known to many as Sister Jackie—was wearing casual layperson’s clothing when she was struck, but details of what exactly happened that night are still sketchy, as the accident reconstruction process is still in its infancy. On Tuesday, there were no skid marks or signs of other damage at the scene of the crash the night before.

“It was a bit of a bizarre scene, because other than having the deceased on the side of the roadway, there wasn’t any significant indication that there had been a serious motor vehicle accident,” Chief Wilson said.

“Our primary goal is providing some closure to the sister’s family and her congregation, and making sure that the person that was operating that motor vehicle is held accountable,” he said.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The registered owner of the SUV that struck Roman Catholic nun Jacqueline Walsh while she was walking along Rose Hill Road in Water Mill on Monday night was identified by police as Andrew Zaro, who owns a large waterfront estate on the southern tip of the same road.

Mr. Zaro is not believed to have been the driver, according to Southampton Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa.

The man who was behind the wheel at the time of the fatal hit-and-run—whose name police have not released—is still on the loose, they said. Police have not said why they have refused to release the suspect’s identity.

Mr. Zaro owns the 2009 Volkswagen Touareg V6 that was found unoccupied with front-end damage about a half-mile from where Ms. Walsh’s body was found, Det. Sgt. Costa said. Police have not said where exactly the SUV was found.

Sister Walsh, a 59-year-old Syosset resident, had gone for a walk near Mercy Villa, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas retreat house—also on Rose Hill Road, where she was on a religious retreat at the time.

The SUV, which police impounded, is heavily dented in front. Its airbags deployed during the crash, but it left no skid marks on the road. The posted speed limit on Rose Hill Road is 30 mph.

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Editor: The proper salutation for a nun is "Sr." (Soror) or "Sister", not "Ms."
By zaz (174), East Hampton on Jul 12, 12 2:06 PM
Thanks--our slight variation on AP style involves using the honorific with the last name, rather than just the last name alone, on subsequent references, so we're going with "Sister Walsh" from now on.
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (169), Hampton Bays on Jul 12, 12 4:02 PM
just curious as to why the driver's name and picture are not being released. NYPD would have grabbed this guy up days ago.
By lazymedic (70), southampton on Jul 12, 12 4:30 PM
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AMEN....
By steve457 (22), southampton on Jul 12, 12 5:30 PM
FYI, Andrew Zaro is extremely well connected , I wonder if his friends in high places are advising his friend before he turns himself in ? ( get ready for a carefully crafted story when the suspect finally shows his face ) Ted Kennedy would be proud ! ( would a large donation to the Catholic church be out of the question ? )
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Jul 12, 12 5:36 PM
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Chief Wilson:

>> "We have our reasons, and I’m not asking anybody to understand them, but we have reasons for why we’re not divulging that information yet."

Just a WAG (wild-a** guess): the Police have someone's license but they don't know if the license belongs to the driver sought for questioning.

As an aside, the ironies in this unhappy story are immense, starting with the fact that the #1 supporters of the (perhaps) undocumented Americans on the East End ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1186), Northampton on Jul 12, 12 5:44 PM
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That is ironic. I thought exactly the same thing.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jul 12, 12 8:07 PM
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By steve457 (22), southampton on Jul 12, 12 9:20 PM
No, Steve457, I'm actually a Frank being frank.
By Frank Wheeler (1186), Northampton on Jul 13, 12 12:04 AM
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By chief1 (1114), southampton on Jul 12, 12 6:06 PM
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Tell us about this talent you have to discern who is or is not in this country legally or do you simply cruise jobsites and stop people on the streets demanding to see their papers?
By VOS (543), WHB on Jul 12, 12 7:18 PM
VOS, in your opinion, what would be the best, non-racist way to determine whether or not someone is in the country legally?

I suspect the answer from you is that we shouldn't check.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jul 12, 12 7:56 PM
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You suspect wrong, but that should be handled at the border by professionals not by yahoos. My point here is that "Chief" (and so many others) equate "hispanic" with "illegal" relying on absolutely nothing except their own racial biases. It seems that many don't care whether a person is a citizen of the US, a properly documented visitor, a resident alien or someone here unlawfully - they simply make the assumption based on ethnicity in most cases. Why has the Chief never claimed to be able to ...more
By VOS (543), WHB on Jul 12, 12 8:17 PM
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OK, so in other words, if they can sneak over the border, they are free and clear.

That's a great system for someone who doesn't think illegal immigration is a problem.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jul 12, 12 8:23 PM
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Ok VOS calm the politically correct BS this country is getting sick of it. Yes you are right i can generally tell an illegal when they are driving and usually when I talk to them. First off you have to know how to read and write English, and know US history to be a citizen that is how I can tell by talking to an illegal.
I have been in two car accidents with illegals both having South Carolina plates. I was told by an officer that if the trunk has a local car dealer sticker on the trunk, ...more
By chief1 (1114), southampton on Jul 12, 12 8:47 PM
chief, i agree.
By coxie1 (14), southampton on Jul 12, 12 10:01 PM
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If the investigation reveals that Andrew Zaro was employing illegals, he should be prosecuted and thrown in jail.

Do that to a few hundred employers of illegal aliens and the illigal immigrant problem will solve itself.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jul 12, 12 8:09 PM
Our Gov. will never stop illegal immigration. Stop wasting your time on this issue. I have completely given up hope, and no loger give it any thought. Romney and especially Obama, will do nothing to stop or even less curb it. No carrots will be taken away, such as free education, birthright citizenship, free medical care. Ron paul is the only candidate who speaks the truth on this issue, and he will not get elected because he's too honest.
By louse pt. (82), springs on Jul 12, 12 8:36 PM
the police "want the public's help" then why not a name and photo?? (the person responsible is probably already back in his native country thanks to his employer who I understand he called from either the accident site or the site where he left the car so why not treat the employer as a party guilty after the fact?)
By xtiego (268), bridgehampton on Jul 12, 12 8:20 PM
xtiego:

>> "who I understand he called from either the accident site or the site where he left the car"

Really? Do you have special information, and if so, how did you obtain it? I don't see it in the news report.

By Frank Wheeler (1186), Northampton on Jul 12, 12 9:11 PM
As far as I was taught, sisters are referred to as "Sister Mary", or "Sister Mary Smith", not "Sister Smith." A quick phone call to any convent by a writer or editor can clear this up. May Sr. Jackie rest in peace.
By fishcove (10), southampton on Jul 12, 12 10:06 PM
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this reminds me of the hit and run a few years ago at Conscience Point Inn when Lizzie Grubman slammed into 16 people (SIXTEEN) with her SUV. She went wizzing away FIRST TO get legal advise, then see how much trouble she was in..HMMM guess it pays to have money and connections.....
By just breath (82), yuck on Jul 13, 12 7:37 AM
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Lizzie had to sober up first.Her people sought legal help.
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Jul 15, 12 1:18 PM
just maybe the owner of the car has lined up a legal team, and is getting the driver out of the way ;)
By just breath (82), yuck on Jul 13, 12 7:40 AM
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The story about the phone call was printed in the news story-no special knowledge. Love VOS comment that illegals should be checked at the border. Illegals do not go thru check points. They sneak in
By EastEnd68 (811), Westhampton on Jul 13, 12 7:51 AM
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By david h (245), southampton on Jul 13, 12 8:07 AM
Give me a break here! We have a woman who devoted her life to helping others vs. a low-life coward or drunk (most likely) who has either crawled under a rock to sober up or fled the country by now. Post his photo & let's get some justice. I am sick and tired of sleaze bags getting away with murder.
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (145), Southampton on Jul 13, 12 9:12 AM
Only in the Hamptons-police know who they are looking for and don't produce his picture or name. SHTP must be the only police force in the nation that can find a reason to do this. I'm sure Mr. Zaro is a big contrubutor to someone. Show some consideration for the victim and her family.
By EastEnd68 (811), Westhampton on Jul 13, 12 11:26 AM
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The New York Post reports that the "Zaro, 58, was the last person to hear from the suspect, who called his boss after crash." Post also reports that "The unnamed suspect's rap sheet includes two charges for driving without a license on Long Island - one in 2006 in Holbrook, and another for aggravated unlicensed operation in 2010 in Ridge, a source told the Post."
By Good Ground (24), Hampton Bays on Jul 13, 12 12:11 PM
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By ICE (1175), Southampton on Jul 14, 12 2:33 AM
how can the subject remain unnamed and the Post know his rap sheet-what a cover up by the police. Guess its what you would expect from a town that allows known drug users to continue working.
By EastEnd68 (811), Westhampton on Jul 13, 12 12:30 PM
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Do you smell something?

Seems reminiscent of low tide...
By Mr. Z (5610), North Sea on Jul 13, 12 4:54 PM
Yeah, low tide by the Town of Riverhead's sewage treatment plant's outflow pipes!
By ICE (1175), Southampton on Jul 14, 12 2:39 AM
this is ridiculous! Any one of us would be locked up with a $100,000. bail!
By LI native (62), east moriches on Jul 13, 12 11:48 PM
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By chief1 (1114), southampton on Jul 14, 12 7:14 AM
How has it been determined who the driver was?
By loading... (235), quiogue on Jul 14, 12 7:36 AM
The Catholic church and the Rockville diocese should be screaming about the way this is being handled. its time for Bishop Murphy to speak out.
By EastEnd68 (811), Westhampton on Jul 14, 12 7:53 AM
chief1 remarks have been deleted-makes you think there really is a cover-up. Read the NY Post, they have the story about the driver and Mr. Zaro.
By EastEnd68 (811), Westhampton on Jul 14, 12 9:45 AM
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By Duckbornandraised (75), Eastport on Jul 14, 12 10:35 AM
East End 68 is correct. It pays to have people in high places??!!! However, it
is a sad situation!
By East Ender (64), Southampton on Jul 14, 12 11:18 AM
The deleted comment two posts up referred to an article from a NYC daily which says the suspect's former roommate feels may have fled to his home country in Central America, and may not be found. [No URL links to other papers are allowed in posts here]
By Nero (148), Sag Harbor on Jul 14, 12 11:57 AM
wonder why the press hasn't given this information, let along the information about Klye Soupku who was arrested AGAIN, 4 times after killing a couple in 2002?
By just breath (82), yuck on Jul 14, 12 12:02 PM
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No one to the best of my knowledge ever uses the title "Sister" with the last name only. It should be "Sister Jackie" or "Sister Jackie Walsh." Never "Sister Walsh."
I noticed the SHP did this before when running story of Centro Corazon etc.
Just not done that way colloquially, anyway. Not in this country.
By baywoman (88), southampton on Jul 14, 12 3:48 PM
Do they really think someone might conduct an act of vigilantism?

Nothing like the drumhead from days of yore...
By Mr. Z (5610), North Sea on Jul 14, 12 6:35 PM
Truth is, the kid probably feels comfortable showing his face in public, once that picture gets out, he will run the risk of being spotted. Likely go completely off the map. The truth is?? The truth is, there are some seriously messed up bloggers on this site. This woman, by all accounts, sounds like an angel, the tragedy is not the immigration status of the driver, but how this woman, doing God's work, met her untimely end on the side roads of Watermill.
By thetruthis??? (2), eastport on Jul 15, 12 12:41 AM
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He knows he hit somebody, probably knows the woman is dead. He called his employer minutes after the accident (according to NY Post sources). He LEFT TOWN, did not collect last paycheck. He knows he's wanted and will get caught sooner or later; his (old?) cell phone is being tracked. He is not sticking around to show his face under any circumstances. I will allow there may have been reasons for not declaring his name and photo publicly but enough time has passed - either the Chief should release ...more
By Funbeer (84), Southampton on Jul 17, 12 9:20 PM
Ther cops still haven't caught the driver or alleged driver, and still are not releasing information. The police admit there were no witnesses, but how do they know who the driver was? Was the driver really this 28 year old illegal alien? Is he the scapegoat for someone else? I'm not understanding this story at all, and all the lack of information.
By chief1 (1114), southampton on Jul 15, 12 12:46 AM
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Another article in that NYC daily says the police have his cell phone data and possibly locations after the crash. Will there be an update from the SHT PD this week?
By Nero (148), Sag Harbor on Jul 15, 12 6:30 AM
Press and 27East plan on updating this story on Thursday
By EastEnd68 (811), Westhampton on Jul 15, 12 8:14 AM
Dear VOS -- It is apparent you are utilizing the RACE issue again which, in my
opinion, is not at issue in this tragic situation. The human issue on all sides of
the issue where the immigrant issue is concerned should be solved by the
Rule of Law.
By East Ender (64), Southampton on Jul 16, 12 3:55 AM
The fact that our SHPD hasn't been able to apprehend the driver of the vehicle, even though they know who he is, reeks of a cover up and corruption!! A few questions---
1: Who is Mr. Zarro and what are his local political conections?
2: Why have the police not released the name and photo of the alleged driver, especially if they can't find him on their own, ever hear of America's Most Wanted? The public is a valuable tool in finding criminals!
3: Will there be an investigation into Mr. ...more
By bigfresh (1069), north sea on Jul 16, 12 7:17 AM
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By david h (245), southampton on Jul 16, 12 8:53 AM
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By david h (245), southampton on Jul 16, 12 11:00 AM
Did anyone see the story on 20/20 or dateline about the number of illegals in California who have been arrested for drunk driving involving deaths and injuries, been deported and have come back again and been rearrested for drunk driving fatalities? I case got notoriety because the person killed was a policeman directing traffic at a multiple vehicle accident involving an illegal that was deported previosly and the policeman was killed by another illegal that was previosly deported for a drunk driving ...more
By jim (24), hampton bays on Jul 16, 12 12:33 PM
You are a racist.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jul 16, 12 12:36 PM
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Why is he a racist? There were no racial slurs in his post. He said ILLEGALS driving drunk and then not facing the consequences was a growing problem. Statistically this is true. Where is the racism in that ?
By bubby (197), southampton on Jul 16, 12 6:11 PM
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Because we all know opposition to illegal immigration is really about racism.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jul 16, 12 6:47 PM
No, you are making that assumption. I am against ILLEGAL immigration, but I'm not racist. People always seem to overlook the word illegal in illegal immigration. I have absolutely no problem with immigrants. I work with a woman who came here with her husband legally, is working to obtain her citizenship, and is one of the nicest, hardest working people you will ever meet. However, many illegal immigrants out here just abuse the system, causing everything from school taxes to health care costs ...more
By bubby (197), southampton on Jul 16, 12 7:02 PM
Wow, I think RealityFirst needs a reality check. Illegal immigration is about breaking the immigration laws. There are plenty of chinese and other "races" of illegals. Most in this country just happen to be hispanic. I am totally, 100% opposed to illegal immigration but I have no harboring of ill feelings towards people of hispantic origin. My SIL is from Mexico. One of my best friends is hispanic. So, please, let's keep this what it is really about. People breaking the law, and in this case, breaking ...more
By LocalEnthusiast (5), East Quogue on Jul 25, 12 2:39 PM
It's Zaro's car, Zaro's car hit the woman Unless Zaro produces the perp, it's on Zaro. Arrest him on suspicion of manslaughter or for aiding and abetting a fugitive Guarantee the guy shows up real fast
By lazymedic (70), southampton on Jul 16, 12 2:48 PM
I said that three days ago Lazymedic. If you have no proof of someone else driving than it's the owners responsibility. Sounds like a fishy situation. By the way illegals driv ing without a license is already an epidemic. Just ask any cop and he will tell you how many cars they impound and how the justice court is filled with unlicensed tickets.
By chief1 (1114), southampton on Jul 16, 12 3:46 PM
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You're quite incorrect...Zaro doesn't have to "produce the perp," all he has to do is prove that it wasn't him. From what I've read, Zaro claims that he was eating at a restaurant in Manhattan when the accident occurred...Should be pretty easy to confirm that, I would think...Between witnesses (companions and employees), and of course credit card receipts, it should be very easy. So, moving swiftly along...
By TheWaterMillian (20), Water Mill on Jul 17, 12 11:33 PM
Something stinks in Southampton and it smells like rotten bacon.
By MickNY (43), East Hampton on Jul 16, 12 3:09 PM
I will say it again, if it was anyone else, someone without the wealth, power, and connections, we would be in jail!
By LI native (62), east moriches on Jul 16, 12 4:23 PM
27East has not updated this story sine Thursday, 7/12/12 at 3:45pm. Any news since then has come from Newsday or the NY Post. That is totally irresponsible for a so called news organization-someone got to the owner and squahed this story.
By EastEnd68 (811), Westhampton on Jul 16, 12 5:57 PM
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That's a very serious allegation, likely borne of frustration over an apparent news blackout.

You've always seems like a reasonably level-headed Commenter -- has the heat and humidity gotten to you?
By Frank Wheeler (1186), Northampton on Jul 16, 12 8:35 PM
if this happened to you, you would be in jail. Frustrating, yes, why don't' we have answers?
By LI native (62), east moriches on Jul 16, 12 11:09 PM
yes i called out 27 east on this and they blocked my comment ... i also said read for the comments not the news ... and got blocked again ... this isnt a news source its an Ad blog ..i even got blocked for commenting about one of the ads and as soon as that ad expired and a new one ran (for a different company) i got blocked again.
By david h (245), southampton on Jul 17, 12 7:55 AM
Per the 27east user agreement:
You understand that posting on 27east.com is a privilege. We retain the right to remove any user generated comment, photo, or any other uploaded content from a user, any time for any reason. Repeated violators of 27east.com policies will banned from posting on site without notice.
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (84), Westhampton Beach on Jul 17, 12 9:38 AM
Bill, there is a point being made here though, which is, why wasn't, isn't the name released and why is 27east not writing about the name black out. Clearly you can see why readers are concerned?
By LocalEnthusiast (5), East Quogue on Jul 25, 12 2:45 PM
The name was released in another article. Check the links at the top left of the page under the photo. Most of the comments under this article are a week old +/-.
By PBR (3994), Southampton on Jul 25, 12 2:57 PM
A NYC daily reports today the driver called his boss, the cars owner, and told him of the accident.

Also of interest is the boss being a debt collection executive. Maybe they are not releasing the name because they don't want him taking an alias, and his company is doing skip trace work on him.
By Duckbornandraised (75), Eastport on Jul 17, 12 4:43 AM
Thanks for the heads up. The article quotes an unnamed source, and contains a number of quotes and details, among them that Mr. Zaro was in NYC at the time of the accident. Hopefully the SHT PD, and the Press, will be on this in the next day or two.
By Nero (148), Sag Harbor on Jul 17, 12 6:21 AM
Suggested search parameters: "NY Post nun slayer boss"
By Nero (148), Sag Harbor on Jul 17, 12 6:23 AM
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By bambi (30), bridgehampton on Jul 17, 12 7:06 AM
what naughty things did bambi say to ge blocked ??
By david h (245), southampton on Jul 17, 12 7:56 AM
When i saw the direction the comments on this article were taking, i suggested a great article called its more complicated than legal v illegal at new america media's website. Perhaps it was that I provided a link that got me censored? It's a really enlightening read.
By bambi (30), bridgehampton on Jul 17, 12 8:41 AM
Yes, external links are removed.
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (84), Westhampton Beach on Jul 17, 12 9:34 AM
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The Press made a management decesion last Thursday that this story was not important enough to follow
By EastEnd68 (811), Westhampton on Jul 17, 12 9:24 AM
The Press is actively pursuing thie story and any substantial updates will be made available as they arise. A comprehensive story will appear in this week's Southampton Press.
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (84), Westhampton Beach on Jul 17, 12 9:33 AM
what about Kyle Soupku? That seems to be something to at least cover.
By LI native (62), east moriches on Jul 17, 12 10:16 AM
Bill Sutton is saying there were no substanial developments since Thursday 7/12/12-does Bill read the other newspapers
By EastEnd68 (811), Westhampton on Jul 17, 12 10:57 AM
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It's ironic the foundation of a newspaper is free speech, and the southampton press likes to censor the readers free speech. No wonder newspaper readership in this country is dwindling.
By chief1 (1114), southampton on Jul 17, 12 12:21 PM
I have to agree regarding the irony of automatically blocking/removing external links...Given all of the rhetoric and baseless accusations that often go along in these comments sections, I would think that it would be a welcome experience to be able to back up accusations and/or support arguments with (credible) external references. You might want to re-consider that policy, S.H. Press/27 East.
By TheWaterMillian (20), Water Mill on Jul 17, 12 11:40 PM
Free speech? The function of a newspaper is to bend the opinion of the public. Politicians and others depend on good publicity. Hearst was a master.God Bless the internet and the discerning who can read between the lines.
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Jul 17, 12 1:36 PM
bubby (29)...you need to be legal to abuse the system...you must have a real SS# to get any assistance...food stamps, medical insurance etc...
By Bel (86), southampton on Jul 17, 12 3:24 PM
Bel, no you dont. If an iggegal is admitted to SHH there are staff members whose job it is to get them Medicaid that will pay the hospital. It is temporary Medicaid but comes from my pocket nonetheless. With that Medicaid assistance comes the opportunity for food stamps and/or WIC.
By squeaky (246), hampton bays on Jul 17, 12 3:59 PM
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By bubby (197), southampton on Jul 17, 12 7:59 PM
Actually, you just need an SS# that doesn't throw up a "red flag".

If you have kids, I'd find someone who can check their credit report. Check this out.

Fraud by illegal immigrants destroying children’s lives:

Jennifer Andrushko’s 3-year-old son is one of those victims. His identity was taken by an illegal immigrant, who then used it to fraudulently obtain work and run up unpaid medical bills.

“I cannot express how ridiculous it is that my son’s ...more
By Mr. Z (5610), North Sea on Jul 17, 12 8:21 PM
Nope, I used to work for a women's shelter which was occupied mainly by illegals. Not only do your tax dollars pay for their stay there, but they get food stamps, Medicaid, housing assistance.....
By Q333 (118), Southampton on Jul 18, 12 6:43 AM
enough is enough. let the people of southampton know the idenity of the "so called" driver NOW. If he was aided to his get a way the person responsible MUST be charged. SHTPD has ascted in a most inappropate way toward the taxpayers (READ PAYCHECK GIVERS)
By xtiego (268), bridgehampton on Jul 17, 12 6:54 PM
enough is enough. let the people of southampton know the idenity of the "so called" driver NOW. If he was aided to his get a way the person responsible MUST be charged. SHTPD has ascted in a most inappropate way toward the taxpayers (READ PAYCHECK GIVERS) perhaps the SHTPD should stop going to all the false alarms (fire, breakin, etc.) let the well paid alarm companies handle the calls. Our tax dollars DO NOT need us spending many working hours for private companies on the alarms they call ...more
By xtiego (268), bridgehampton on Jul 17, 12 7:02 PM
couldn't find a duck in a pond.
By lazymedic (70), southampton on Jul 17, 12 9:11 PM
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Hey Bill Sutton, could you explain to me why my last response was removed? It was neither a duplicate, off topic, nor did it contain inappropriate content. Also no external links. Just curious what you censored it for.
By bubby (197), southampton on Jul 18, 12 8:09 AM
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..how many times can i click the LIKE button !
By david h (245), southampton on Jul 18, 12 8:49 AM
Article updated at 11:58 AM --

According to the article, the police have the suspect's name and photo.

WHY WHY WHY, almost a week after the fact, will they not release this information?

Editor and Ms. Reynolds, please GRILL Chief Wilson on his very specific "investigative reasons" for withholding the name and photo. Let's see if he has a LOGICAL AND COGENT set of reasons. Please MAKE him refuse to go into any further detail, and make him say why this continues to be justified.

Mind-boggling!
By Nero (148), Sag Harbor on Jul 18, 12 12:23 PM
It may have to do with tainting an identification procedure with the witnesses who saw him leave the scene.
By HB90 (50), southampton on Jul 18, 12 8:08 PM
How long did it take for Mr. Zaro to decide to call the police after he was notified of the crash? Any delay that occurred surely resulted in life and death. They could have had EMT's on the scene and possible stabilized her condition. But then he would have had to admit that the driver worked for him and thereby bear the liabilty of an unlicensed driver on his policy.

Interesting in a NY Post article how the driver was dismissed as just a migrant "landscaper" who had no permission to ...more
By Harbor Master (5), Sag Harbor on Jul 18, 12 12:44 PM
I hate to say this but if illegals know how to get into this country they certainly know how to get out. Chances of catching this guy are very slim.
By EastEnd68 (811), Westhampton on Jul 18, 12 2:15 PM
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Hey, remember when Mr. Zaro publicly pleaded for the guy to turn himself in and also offered a big reward to however turns him in? Yeah, me neither.
Mr. Zaro probably helped hide the guy and is more concerned about watering his lawn then catching someone who killed a nun.
I have a few unkind words to describe Mr. Zaro but I do not want my comment removed.
By Spinny OHO (64), Speonk on Jul 18, 12 2:57 PM
This entire tragedy stinks to high heaven! Our police chief is covering up for Zaro and by dragging his feet and refusing to put the perps' name and photo out there has allowed him to flee the country. Is the chief , due to his misconduct , guity of prosecutable offenses? Get you azzes in gear Southampton Press, you have some work to do, you have real reporters on the payroll, get them on the case, unless there's a connection that would prove to be very uncomfortable to the editorial staff, hmmmmmm, ...more
By bigfresh (1069), north sea on Jul 18, 12 4:30 PM
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bigfresh is wrong-there is no picture. If there was a picture Newsday and the NY post would have it.
By EastEnd68 (811), Westhampton on Jul 18, 12 4:38 PM
The article says there is a photo (at the top of p. 2 here).

Perhaps the print edition of the Press will have more in the morning (already at 7/11 tonight).
By PBR (3994), Southampton on Jul 18, 12 7:39 PM
Still trying to figure out how the police know this particular anonymous (as far as the public is concerned) Latino landscaper was behind the wheel. No witnesses at the scene. Car found abandoned the next day, leaving ample time to clean up any forensic evidence. I wonder how many 30ish male Latinos have combed the spikes out of their hair and hit the road?
By loading... (235), quiogue on Jul 18, 12 5:26 PM
It's simple
The MURDERER is obviously an illegal,zaro is friends with that spineless jellyfish epley,who calls the shots at the police station,although he is just a puppet for the church,which protects illegals at any cost...even vehicular manslaughter against one of their own
Any questions?
By Kaiser Sozay (30), east end on Jul 19, 12 12:36 AM
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Mark Epley has nothing to do with this
By EastEnd68 (811), Westhampton on Jul 19, 12 4:55 AM
Water Mill is under the jurisdiction of the Town of Southampton, thus the Southampton Town PD would be involved in this investigation. Mark Epley is the Mayor of the Village of Southampton - so therefore not involved in any way with this. Just a little East End lesson for Kaiser...

I do not believe Zaro had anything to do with this horrible crime other than trusting the wrong "employee" with his car. As far as Zaro hiring illegals, do you really think this enormously wealthy man can be ...more
By HBPatriot (19), Hampton Bays on Jul 19, 12 8:47 AM
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The reason the rich hire illegals is they want to pay people ten bucks an hr in cash. Or they hire a agency and pay them to insulate themselves from hiring illegals. Meanwhile they know there workers are non citizens.
This guy Zara is the brother in law of Senator Frank Lautenburg. Could this be the reason of such a lack of information?
This guy Zaro is so arrogant when he built his house he illegally paved town trustee land next to his home. Reason being is he has limited access to ...more
By chief1 (1114), southampton on Jul 19, 12 9:22 PM
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I stand corrected ; )
Except the church knows no boundries,and epley is the nuns puppet
By Kaiser Sozay (30), east end on Jul 22, 12 4:14 PM
"""Still trying to figure out how the police know this particular anonymous (as far as the public is concerned) Latino landscaper was behind the wheel. No witnesses at the scene. Car found abandoned the next day""""

He called his employer on his cellphone after the accident and told him about it. The police checked the cellphone tower and sure enough, it was right where the car was abandoned
By btdt (202), water mill on Jul 19, 12 12:00 PM
remember the days when the police's biggest problem was when the dummy they put into a police car was stolen, LOL!!
By just breath (82), yuck on Jul 19, 12 8:14 PM
2 days later and still waiting for bill sutton to explain to me why my post was removed.
By bubby (197), southampton on Jul 19, 12 8:51 PM
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This whole case is just so sad. The idea that this person may very well have left the country already is very disconcerting. What's worse is that the identity has never been released; it's all just strange.
By Lets go mets (78), Southampton on Jul 19, 12 11:12 PM
This whole case is just so sad. The idea that this person may very well have left the country already is very disconcerting. What's worse is that the identity has never been released; it's all just strange.
By Lets go mets (78), Southampton on Jul 19, 12 11:13 PM
IF IT WAS ANYONE WITHOUT THE MONEY OR CONNECTIONS, THE PICTURE WOULD BE OUT, OR WE WOULD BE ARRESTED BECAUSE IT WAS OUR VEHICLE!!
By LI native (62), east moriches on Jul 19, 12 11:58 PM
NO YELLING!!!!!!
By Mr. Z (5610), North Sea on Jul 20, 12 12:04 AM
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Today is July 20th.

The accident was on July 9th.

Everyone can do the math.

If Chief Wilson does not release the suspect's photo and name before the weekend, or provide a full explanation of what the "heck" is going on, it would be surprising. If the suspect has already escaped from the country, it surely will be interesting to hear the "investigative reasons" for permitting his escape, due to a conscious decision NOT to ask the public for help.

Further words ...more
By Nero (148), Sag Harbor on Jul 20, 12 1:42 AM
The police DID ask the public for help. They can't really expect much without a name and a pic, but they DID ask. CYA much?
By loading... (235), quiogue on Jul 20, 12 12:06 PM
Time to bring in the FBI. Obviously the local PD is incompetant and quite possibly corrupt, right to the top of the ladder. A woman was KILLED ! That fact can't be swept under the carpet. Bring in an outside agency and keep the light shining on this , cockroaches can't handle the light!
By bigfresh (1069), north sea on Jul 20, 12 6:55 AM
Zarro is quite wealthy & has parties at his estate. Does he use off duty SHTPD for private security at his parties like everyone else? Is this just another case of professional courtesy for their clients?
Either that, or the SHTPD is looking for an officer who is not high on drugs to make the arrest. Might take a while to find that officer.
By G (182), Southampton on Jul 20, 12 7:03 AM
This is a sad story but the truth is Mr Zaro did nothing wrong-he is not the problem. Undocumented people are impossible to find. Their network knows how to get them into this country and knows how to get them out when there is a trouble.
By EastEnd68 (811), Westhampton on Jul 20, 12 8:10 AM
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Mr. Zaro's crime was hiring an illegal alien to begin with
By Kaiser Sozay (30), east end on Jul 22, 12 4:13 PM
Tell us more, G, you seem to know everrything, tell us how you would have handled it.
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Jul 20, 12 12:20 PM
G brings up a very reasonable point. id think a story line any writer wud be intrigued to follow up on (not here however)
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an earlier post, maybe lazymedic, suggested that it may not be an illegal at all but zorro hisself!! oooo spooky stuff and highly intriguing!!
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but again, alas, we wont get any scoop from twentyseveneast on this .. nope, no one here gonna 2bl check his alibi or anything else .. just leeeeeean back & prop my flip flops up in the hamptons and find a different ...more
By david h (245), southampton on Jul 20, 12 12:48 PM
wait from 12;01 i see the update!!!

THNAK YOU !!!! ..reading it now -- see we ARE VERY LOYAL 27east READERS!!
By david h (245), southampton on Jul 20, 12 12:51 PM
New article at 12:01 PM (link not shown above):

http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Water-Mill/432347/Hit-and-Run-Suspect-in-Catholic-Nuns-Death-Has-Fled-New-York

Suspect has apparently escaped from New York State (no date given in article).

U. S. Marshals Service has taken the lead in the manhunt.

Thank you for the update.
By PBR (3994), Southampton on Jul 20, 12 1:26 PM
The NY Post printed his name yesterday. Can Zaro be held accountable by hiring an illegal alien? Curios.
By ride the truth wave (125), southampton on Jul 21, 12 7:55 AM
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Carlos Armando Ixpec-Chitay
By AFB (29), NYC/SH on Jul 25, 12 12:38 PM
Sorry, SHP, but this doesn't cut it, you should be addressing the fact that the police won't release this guys name. That's a story you should be getting on.
By LocalEnthusiast (5), East Quogue on Jul 25, 12 2:32 PM
The name was released on Friday? in another article. Check the links at the top left of this page under the photo.
By PBR (3994), Southampton on Jul 25, 12 2:35 PM
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