Julio Acevedo, the suspected driver of the car that struck a livery cab and killed a Williamsburg chasidic couple and their premature baby on March 3 has been indicted for second-degree manslaughter and second degree criminally negligent homicide, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes announched Tuesday.
“While we knew it was a snowy evening and the defendant was speeding, our investigation has developed additional information concerning the nature of Mr. Acevedo’s conduct leading up to the fatal crash,” said Hynes in a statement Tuesday.
Hynes said investigators determined Acevedo’s borrowed silver BMW was traveling 69.1 miles per hour, more than twice the limit on the residential Kent Avenue, and firefighters as well as another driver spotted him driving recklessly before the crash, which claimed the lives of Nathan Glauber, 21, his pregnant wife Raizy, 21, and their prematurely delivered son, who died the next day.
Acevedo fled the scene after the accident, surrendered to police near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, several days later and was brought back by the NYPD Warrant Squad on March 7. He has told reporters through a friend he was fleeing gunfire when the accident happened
Acevedo also has a prior unresolved drunk driving arrest from last month.
The Glaubers, 21-year-old Satmar chasidim from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, were on the way by livery cab to Bellevue Hospital to check on their first baby. Raizi was only seven months pregnant and the baby weighed just three pounds.
The couple died of head injuries, and Raizi was thrown from the vehicle by the crash. News that he had passed away came early Monday morning. Thousands of Satmar Jews turned out for the funerals of the Glaubers on Sunday, at which community leaders had said the baby would be well cared for within the community, still hopeful that he would persevere.
Instead, the infant was circumcised, in accordance with chasidic custom and buried between his parents at Orange County Jewish Cemetery in Monsey.
“We in the community are going to demand that the prosecution charge these cowards with triple homicide, and nothing less,” community activist Isaac Abraham told The Daily News, referring to the driver of the BMW that hit he couple’s livery cab and left the scene with a passenger.
The Glaubers were married only one year. Nachman was a student at Rabbinical College of Bnei Shimon Yisroel in Williamsburg.