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January 09, 2013

Hit-And-Run Suspect Search Continues


An international manhunt is continuing with both local and federal authorities searching for the driver police say is responsible for a hit-and-run crash that killed a nun in Water Mill last July.

The alleged fugitive, Carlos Armando Ixpec-Chitay, reported as a 30-year-old Guatemala native, was behind the wheel of the SUV that struck and killed Sister Jacqueline Walsh, 59, of Syosset, as she was walking along Rose Hill Road on July 9 of last year, according to police.

Officials say the car belonged to Ixpec-Chitay's employer. Police say it was found abandoned later that night with front-end damage about a half-mile from Walsh's body. Ixpec-chitay was identified as the driver of the vehicle about 10 days after the incident.

Walsh was a Bronx native and a cherished pastoral associate at St. Edward the Confessor in Syosset. She was staying at a retreat house with fellow members of the Sisters of Mercy at the time of her death.

Her body was reportedly discovered by a passerby at 8:30 PM the night of the accident.

The 30-year-old suspect was reported to frequent Riverhead and Water Mill, the former of which his younger brother, Miguel, resides in. Police were successful in prosecuting the suspect's younger brother, convicting him in federal court last month on a felony count of making a materially false statement. He was scheduled to be sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Central Islip and faces up to a year in prison.

In an effort to pressure the older Ixpec-Chitay to turn himself in, authorities have also branched out to other members of the suspect's family. Two relatives were detained on violation of immigration laws.

U.S. Marshals and Southampton Town Police have been working together to learn the suspect's whereabouts, but have so far been unsuccessful. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers has put up a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Ixpec-Chitay.

Emily@indyeastend.com

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