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BACK IN BROOKLYN: Hit-run suspect arrives in Williamsburg after Pa. arrest

Julio Acevedo is escorted to a hearing at the Lehigh County Courthouse Thursday in Allentown, Pa. Acevedo was arrested in Pennsylvania on Wednesday after a friend arranged his surrender and was ordered held without bail. He is a suspect in a hit-and-run crash that killed a pregnant woman and her husband on their way to a hospital in Brooklyn. Their premature baby, delivered after the crash, later died. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

A man arrested in connection with a car crash that killed a pregnant woman, her husband and eventually their newborn arrived back in Brooklyn on Thursday, a day after surrendering in Pennsylvania.

Julio Acevedo arrived at a Brooklyn police precinct hours after waiving extradition. The 44-year-old surrendered to police in the parking lot of a Bethlehem, Pa., convenience store on Wednesday evening.

Acevedo was arrested on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident but could face more serious charges. He was expected to appear in court in Brooklyn later Thursday.

He was accused of barreling down a Williamsburg street at 60 mph early Sunday and crashing into a hired car carrying Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, who died Sunday. Their premature son, delivered by cesarean section, died Monday. The hired car had a stop sign, though it's not clear whether the driver stopped.

At an appearance in Pennsylvania, Acevedo told Judge Kelly Banach that he had finished the 11th grade, was unemployed and lives in Brooklyn with his mother. He wore an orange jumpsuit and was shackled at the ankles and wrists.

His surrender was brokered by a friend who had been in touch with police earlier Wednesday. The friend met officers at New York's Grand Central Terminal and led them to Acevedo in Bethlehem, about 80 miles away, police said. The friend had told police that Acevedo would surrender after consulting an attorney, but there wasn't one with him when he turned himself in, police said.

Acevedo told the Daily News that he was fleeing a gunman who was trying to shoot at him when his borrowed BMW slammed into a hired car carrying the couple. He told the newspaper he fled because he was worried he would be killed. But police said there were no reports of shots fired in the area at the time of the wreck.

The couple belonged to a close-knit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, which is home to the largest community of ultra-Orthodox Jews outside Israel, more than 250,000. They were members of the Satmar Hasidic sect.

The couple's son was buried Monday near his parents' graves, according to a spokesman for the community. About a thousand community members turned out for the young couple's funeral a day earlier.

March 7, 2013 - 2:54pm


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