Driver who fled fatal-crash scene has drunken-driving conviction
By LAWRENCE SUSSMAN
Posted: Aug. 17, 2007
The man accused of running a stop sign and causing a crash this week that killed a 17-year-old Port Washington boy is an illegal immigrant who was convicted in Wisconsin in December of first-offense drunken driving, authorities confirmed Friday.
A criminal complaint charging Eddie Carbajal-Lile with hit and run resulting in death also indicates that he consumed five or six beers before the crash Tuesday that killed Paul Watry.
Prosecutors would have needed evidence such as a blood test showing he was intoxicated at the time of the crash to charge Carbajal-Lile with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco said Friday.
Carbajal-Lile is believed to have left the accident scene on foot before sheriff's deputies arrived, and he remained at large Friday.
Hit and run resulting in death is a felony that carries a possible 25-year prison sentence.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Carbajal-Lile, 27. The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department says he may be en route to Mexico. The U.S. Border Patrol has been alerted regarding his status as a fugitive. Carbajal-Lile's last known address is in Fredonia.
He uses a number of aliases, including: Eddie Carbajal; Eddie Lile; Eddie Carbajal-Farvies; Negro Carbajal; Negro Carbajal-Lile; and Negro Lile.
The crash happened about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday at Highway 32 and Highway V in the Town of Lima.
Witnesses told sheriff's deputies that a Nissan Sentra traveling east on Highway V failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a Chevrolet Cavalier traveling south on Highway 32. The Cavalier sustained extensive passenger-side damage, where Watry was seated. Watry died Thursday at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.
Another passenger in the car in which Watry was riding, Jillian Fitzmaurice, 18, of Oostburg, was treated at Froedtert Hospital and released. The driver, Scot Mueller, 18, of Port Washington, was treated at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan and released.
Investigators say Carbajal-Lile was driving the Sentra.
According to the criminal complaint, witnesses at the crash scene suggested that Carbajal-Lile lie down and wait for medical help to arrive. He instead retrieved a cell phone from the car he was driving and walked away east on Highway V.
The criminal complaint quotes Gabriel Anzures, who described himself as a friend of Carbajal-Lile's, as saying he had been drinking with Carbajal-Lile at a tavern in the Town of Sheboygan prior to the crash.
Anzures also told investigators that he received two telephone calls from Carbajal-Lile after the crash. In the first call, Anzures said Carbajal-Lile told him that he had hit something with the car he was driving, a 1997 Nissan Sentra.
Online court records indicate that a man using one of Carbajal-Lile's suspected aliases, as well as his date of birth and address, was convicted in January 2004 of having open intoxicants while a passenger in a motor vehicle.
The records also indicate that in August 2004, a man using one of Carbajal-Lile's suspected aliases as well as his date of birth and address was convicted of having open intoxicants while a passenger in a motor vehicle.
People with information about Carbajal-Lile's whereabouts are asked to call their local law enforcement agency.