Arrest In NYC Crash That Killed Expectant Parents

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NEW YORK (AP)
— A man suspected of fleeing the scene of a grisly crash in New York
City that killed a pregnant woman and her husband
was arrested at a
convenience store in northeastern Pennsylvania on Wednesday after a
friend arranged his surrender with New York authorities.

Julio
Acevedo, 44, walked to officers waiting in cars in the parking lot in
Bethlehem, Pa., and was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an
accident, said Paul Browne, chief spokesman for the New York Police
Department. Acevedo, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, said nothing to
officers who took him into custody, Browne said.

The
surrender, which occurred shortly after 5 p.m., was brokered by a
friend who had been in touch with police earlier in the day. The friend
met officers at New York's Grand Central Station, then led them to
Acevedo in Bethlehem, about 80 miles away, police said.

Acevedo
was being held by Pennsylvania State Police and was awaiting
extradition to New York. Browne said it wasn't clear when he would be
returned.

It also wasn't clear if Acevedo had
an attorney. The friend had told police that Acevedo would surrender
after consulting a lawyer, but none was with him when he turned himself
in, Browne said.

Acevedo allegedly was
speeding down a Brooklyn street at 60 mph early Sunday when he crashed
into a car carrying Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21. They died
Sunday, and their premature son died Monday.

Acevedo
told the Daily News that he was fleeing a gunman who was trying to
shoot at him when his borrowed BMW slammed into a hired car carrying the
couple. He told the newspaper he fled because he was worried he'd be
killed. But police said there were no reports of shots fired in the area
at the time of the wreck.

The tragedy
unfolded shortly after midnight Saturday, when Raizy Glauber, who was
seven months pregnant, decided to go to the hospital because she wasn't
feeling well, her family said. They called a livery cab, a hired car
that is arranged via telephone, not hailed off the street like a yellow
cab.

The crash with the BMW reduced the cab to
a crumpled heap, and Raizy Glauber was thrown from the wreck. The
engine ended up in the back seat. The driver of the livery cab was
knocked unconscious but was not seriously hurt.

The
couple belonged to a close-knit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in
Brooklyn, which is home to the largest community of ultra-Orthodox Jews
outside Israel, more than 250,000. They were members of the Satmar
Hasidic sect. Raizy Glauber grew up in a prominent rabbinical family.
Her husband was studying at a rabbinical college; his family founded a
line of clothing for Orthodox Jews.

The child
was delivered by cesarean section after his parents were killed. The
baby weighed only about 4 pounds when he was delivered, neighbors and
friends said. He died of extreme prematurity, the city medical
examiner's office said.

The baby was buried
Monday near his parents' graves, according to a spokesman for the
Hasidic Jewish community. About a thousand community members turned out
for the young couple's funeral a day earlier.

Word of Acevedo's arrest was met with bittersweet satisfaction in the Glaubers' community.

“It's
a sweet bitter pill to swallow,” said Isaac Abraham, a spokesman for
the community. “It's a little good news that at least the man
responsible has been arrested, but it doesn't bring any of the victims
back.”

He added that community members hoped
Acevedo would face murder charges. “We in the community hope that today
is Acevedo's last day that he sees daylight for the rest of his life,”
he said.

Acevedo was arrested last month on a
charge of driving while under the influence, and the case is pending. He
was stopped by police after they said he was driving erratically around
3 a.m. Feb. 17. He had a blood-alcohol level of .13, over the limit of
.08, police said.

He served about a decade in
prison in the 1990s for manslaughter after he was convicted of shooting
Kelvin Martin, a Brooklyn criminal whose moniker “50 Cent” was the
inspiration for rapper Curtis Jackson's current stage name.

How
Acevedo came to possess the BMW is under investigation. The registered
owner was arrested Sunday on insurance fraud charges related to the
vehicle, but the case was deferred.


 

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