Thursday, March 07, 2013
Hasidic leaders in Williamsburg have nothing good to say about Julio Acevedo.
Acevedo turned himself into police in at a convenience store in Pennsylvania Wednesday, more than three days after police believe he ran from a fatal wreck.
He faces a charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.
"He was a coward," said Isaac Abraham, a spokesperson for the family of the victims. "He left the scene which caused the death of Mr. and Mrs. Glauber and their infant baby.
Police believe Acevedo was driving a BMW that was traveling at 60 miles per hour, twice the posted limit, when it slammed into a livery cab.
Nachman Glauber and his wife, Raizy, who was seven months pregnant, were inside the cab. The 21-year-olds both died.
The child, delivered prematurely, died Monday.
"The pain of the family and the community will never go away," said Gary Schlesinger, who offered a reward for Acevedo's capture.
Community leaders hope that the capture of Acevedo will help the Hasidic community begin to heal.
Abraham called on Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes to charge the 44-year-old suspect with second-degree murder.
"I, personally, and I'm sure the rest of the city of New York, whoever witnessed and felt along with the family about the loss, hope and pray this was the last shiny day that Julio Acevedo saw as a free man," Abraham said.
There is no word on what additional charges will follow.
Acevedo spent a decade in prison on a manslaughter conviction and was arrested in February on a DWI charge.
A Pennsylvania judge ordered him held without bail overnight Wednesday into Thursday.
An extradition hearing will take place Thursday morning to discuss his return to New York.
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