Southampton Town Police are seeking the help of residents in locating the driver of a car involved in a hit and run in Water Mill that claimed the life of a 60-year-old nun.
According to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, police believe they know who the man is and are currently trying to locate him. As of Wednesday afternoon, police had yet to make an arrest.
According to reports, on Monday night around 8:30 p.m. Southampton Town Police received a 911 call about a female lying on the ground near 383 Rose Hill Road in Water Mill. Police said the caller described the woman as “bleeding and unresponsive.” Southampton Town Police Officers and detectives responded to the scene where they say they found a white female, 60 years old, laying dead on Rose Hill Road.
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, The New York State Troopers, a Riverhead K-9 Unit, members of the Suffolk County Police Crime Lab, and the Southampton Fire Department responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.
Police identified the woman as Sister Jacqueline Walsh, of Syosset. Police said the Roman Catholic nun was on a retreat with her colleagues from the Sisters of Mercy.
In a press release issued Tuesday afternoon, police said they believe she was the victim of a hit-and-run accident involving someone who left the scene, and his vehicle, behind. Detectives located an unoccupied 2009 Volkswagen Touareg about a half-mile from the crime scene that was damaged on the front end of the vehicle.
On Tuesday, police continued their search for the driver asking residents for help in locating him. According to police, they are searching for a white, Hispanic male, approximately 5’7”, in his 20s or 30s with short spiked hair. Police believe he was wearing dark shorts and a white shirt at the time of the accident.
However, on Tuesday during a press conference about a separate incident, District Attorney Spota said police believe they know who the driver was and now are in the process of trying to find him.
“We know who the driver of the car is and there are police officers right now on the street trying to locate him,” said Spota when questioned by a reporter at the press conference.
“He lives in the community where the incident occurred,” he added. “They are looking for the individual, but we know who he is.”
According to Spota, a prosecutor from the vehicle crimes unit has already been assigned to the case.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the detective’s unit at 702-2230.