A 30-year-old Hispanic male, believed to be the driver in a hit and run accident that killed Roman Catholic nun Jacqueline Walsh on July 9 in Water Mill, has fled the state, according to police, as a national manhunt begins for the suspect. This week, Southampton Town Police released the suspect’s name and photograph in an effort to put a spotlight on him and seek the public’s help.
Southampton Town Police Detectives have identified the suspect as Carlos Armando Ixpec-Chitay, 30. He is officially wanted by police in connection with leaving the scene of an accident involving a pedestrian fatality.
Ixpec-Chitay is of Guatemalan descent.
He worked for Andrew Zaro, the Rose Hill Road, Water Mill resident who owns the vehicle that was found near the scene of the crime. Police believe Ixpec-Chitay was the driver of Zaro’s 2009 Volkwagon Touareg, which struck and killed the 59-year-old nun. Sister Walsh, of Syosset, was a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and was on a retreat with her colleagues at the time of the accident. According to police, Sister Walsh was taking a walk from the Sisters’ of Mercy Villa when she was struck and killed.
Sister Walsh was laid to rest last weekend in Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury. Her wake drew thousands, her funeral hundreds.
Ixpec-Chitay has dark brown/black hair, brown eyes, is 5’7” tall and approximately 140 pounds. Police say he frequented areas in Water Mill and Riverhead.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call Southampton Town Police Detectives at 631-702-2230 or e-mail Detectives at firstname.lastname@example.org. All calls will be kept confidential.