Police have suspect in Williamsburg hit-and-run
by Andrew Shilling
Mar 05, 2013 | 851 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Julio Acevedo
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Sen. Eric Adams
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Update: Julio Acevedo turned himself in at a roadside minimart Wednesday in Bethlehem, Pa. It is suspected that Acevedo and an unnamed passenger sped down Kent Avenue before crashing into the side of a livery cab, injuring the driver and leaving a young married couple and their prematurely born child dead.

The accident immediately sent Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community into mourning and sparked action from elected officials.

Six-months pregnant with her first child, Raizel Glauber and her husband, Nachman Glauber, were in a livery cab on Wilson Street approaching Kent Avenue when the northbound-traveling BMW sedan slammed into their vehicle.

According to police, the driver was traveling at 60 mph before hitting their car, which injured the cab driver and killed the family in the backseat.

Raizel was thrown from the car, across the street and under a parked trailer while her husband was pinned in the twisted metal of the cab. Both husband and wife were 21 years old, and both were pronounced dead upon arrival at nearby hospitals.

The couple's unborn boy son was delivered by C-section, but the tiny baby died the next day.

Police now believe the driver of the vehicle was Acevedo, an ex-con with a long rap sheet that includes shooting and killing a man in Brooklyn, for which he served eight years in prison.

Acevedo was arrested for drunk driving just two weeks ago with a blood-alcohol content of .13.

According to published reports, friends of Acevedo say he is trying to raise the money to hire a lawyer and then will turn himself in. Those same friends also told reporters that Acevedo was driving in Brooklyn when a nemesis spotted him and began a high-speed chase.

In interviews while on the lam, Acevedo said that he was being shot at, the reason he was driving so fast and the reason he fled the scene.

In the meantime, police have offered a $2,000 reward for information leading them to Acevedo. Two City Council members and members of the Orthodox Jewish community are also offering rewards totaling $15,000.

If caught, Acevedo could face vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide charges, which carries a sentence of up to 15 years in jail. However, in order to do that, prosecutors must first prove Acevedo was intoxicated, difficult to do since he fled the scene.

Otherwise, Acevedo could get off with the misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident.

On Monday, Assemblyman David Weprin and State Senator Eric Adams announced they will push for harsher legislation changing the misdemeanor charge for leaving the scene of an accident to a class C felony.

“We are coming together as a unified body to do everything we can to ensure the person responsible for this issue is brought to justice,” Adams said. “We want this person brought in.”

Under the statutes of the new proposal, anyone who leaves the scene of an accident resulting in an injury will be charged with aggravated vehicular assault, facing a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail.

If the incident results in a death, the driver will be charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and face up to 20 years in jail.

“This is a terrible tragedy and those responsible should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Weprin. “In New York State, there will no longer be a legal incentive to leave the scene of an accident. Closing this loophole in our state laws won’t bring this young couple back, but it may prevent future accidents from ending this way.”

Rabbi Meyer Berger, director of operations at Chesed Shel Emes, was there on the night of the tragedy, traveled in the ambulance with Raizel to the hospital and watched as the frenzied events unraveled. March 4 would have been her 22nd birthday.

“For a coward like that to create this tragedy, leave the scene, he has seen everything and watched everything on TV and he still hasn’t come forward, this is unbelievable,” Berger said.

Elected officials are also pushing the Department of Transportation to inspect the intersection and install a traffic light to slow traffic on Kent Avenue and prevent this from ever happening again.

“What is heartwarming for the community is to see the elected officials take immediate action,” Berger said. “In the name of the community, to ask legislators to support this legislation we’ll make sure that criminals like this will not do this ever again.”

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