Wednesday, February 18, 2015
A Brooklyn hit-and-run driver who plowed into a livery cab, killing a Hasidic Jewish man and his pregnant wife, was going much slower than the 70 miles per hour prosecutors claim, an expert said Tuesday.
A crash investigator who testified at the trial of Julio Acevedo said that the ex-con was likely going half that speed when he slammed into the cab carrying Nachman Glauber and his pregnant wife Raizel.
"From my experience, as soon as I looked at it, it's not really a high speed crash," testified crash investigator Gregory Witte, who was called to the stand by Acevedo's defense attorney.
"To me, this is a 35 miles per hour impact."
Acevedo, 46, faces life in prison if convicted of manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident in the March 2013 crash.
He allegedly crashed into the cab and then fled.
Prosecutors have said the livery cab came to a full stop before driving through the Williamsburg intersection.
"The Toyota was in continuous motion for 5 seconds prior to crash," Witte testified, calling the livery cab's pause at the stop sign a "rolling stop."
Acevedo's trial started two weeks ago and both sides are expected to give closing arguments this week.
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