Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the tragic hit-and-run car crash that killed a young pregnant mother and her husband in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, early on Sunday morning. Julio Acevedo was apprehended on Wednesday by New York police detectives in Pennsylvania, where he reportedly fled in the days following the accident.
Raizy and Nathan Glauber, both 21, were riding in a livery cab when the car was struck by a 2010 BMW, which police say was driven by Acevedo and borrowed from a friend. Doctors were able to deliver the couple’s baby three months prematurely, but, sadly, he died the next day.
New York police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said early on Wednesday that Acevedo’s friend, Derrick Hamilton, had been acting as a liaison between law enforcement and the wanted man. Detectives picked up Acevedo at a Turkey Hill Minit Market in Bethlehem, Pa., and headed back to New York City, according to the New York Times.
Acevedo, 44, served about a decade in prison for a 1987 manslaughter conviction, and reports indicate he had a court date pending for a drunk driving arrest. He told a local media outlet in a telephone converation arranged by Hamilton that he estimated that he was traveling 60 mph in a 30 mph zone and was fleeing gunfire, although no shots had been reported. He also claimed that he did not know the couple and their baby had died until he saw media reports about the incident.
Pedro Nunez Delacruz, the driver of the cab, was knocked unconscious but not seriously hurt.
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While the manhunt may be over, it seems unlikely that the Orthodox Jewish community to which the Glaubers belonged will find much solace in Acevedo’s arrest. Roughly a thousand people attended the funeral earlier this week.
“The whole mood in the neighborhood is very heavy,” retired printer Oscar Sabel, who lives near the scene of the crash, told Fox News. “We all hoped the baby would survive.”