Police have identified Julio Acevedo as the man they believe was responsible for the Brooklyn hit-and-run that killed an Orthodox Jewish couple and their newborn son.
The New York Daily News reported that police are searching for the 44-year-old man, who authorities believe was driving the BMW that plowed into the taxi cab Nachman and Raziel Glauber were riding in early Sunday morning.
The couple, both 21, were on the way to a hospital because Raziel Glauber, who was seven-months pregnant, was experiencing labor pains.
Their baby boy initially survived the crash, but later died of his injuries on Monday morning.
Acevedo’s mother, who didn't give her name, told the Daily News that she was estranged from her son. She said he had been in prison in the 1990s for manslaughter.
“I know why you are here. You are here for my son. He doesn't live here. I don't want to talk. I have nothing to say. Tell the family of my condolences,” his mother said.
Leaders in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community said they're seeking justice for the family.
"The only thing I can say is, unfortunately, this little three-pound-boy would have been at least an umbilical cord for the family to remember the couple. And even that was torn away for them,” community leader Isaac Abraham told the New York Post before Acevedo was identified as the hit-and-run suspect. "The best thing for this coward is to charge him with triple homicide -- and we are going to demand that.”
A driver in a BMW, who didn't own the car, was reported speeding around 12:30 a.m. Sunday when it T-boned into the Glaubers taxi, which was near a stop sign, the New York Post reported. Police arrested a woman who co-signed the lease for the BMW; she was charged with insurance fraud, although she wasn't believed to have been in the vehicle at the time of the accident, the Post reported.
Raizel Glauber was ejected from the cab and her body wound up underneath a parked tractor trailer, according to the New York Daily News.
The taxi driver was treated and released from Bellevue Hospital.
“I don’t remember anything,” Pedro Nunez, 32, told the Daily News. Police “told me it was a hit-and-run. There’s an investigation.”
Large numbers of mourners paid their respects to the Glaubers at a Williamsburg synagogue.
"It’s a great tragedy for the community,” said Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, of the Khal Yitav Lev synagogue. “We have to hold on together and see what we can do to make things better. This is a very, very big tragedy.”
Raizel Glauber’s brother, Nuchem Yoel Silberstein, called her “the crown of the family."
He told mourners, “We were sitting together last night and today she’s gone.”
Silberstein said his brother-in-law was a model husband.
“We can all learn from him how to treat a wife,” he said. “The way he treated her was special.”