By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Outraged by the horrific tragedy of the young Williamsburg family struck and killed by a hit-run driver, two City Council members are jointly offering a $5,000 reward for the fleeing motorist’s capture.
Councilman David G. Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Bensonhurst), co-chairman of the council's Brooklyn delegation, and Councilman Stephen Levin (D-Brooklyn Heights-Greenpoint-Williamsburg) both said they’re hoping the reward will lead to a major break in the investigation of the tragic case.
The 21-year-old couple, Nathan and Raizi Glauber, was riding in a livery cab when they were struck by a BMW sedan at the intersection of Kent Avenue and Wilson Street in Williamsburg at about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. Following the collision, the driver and passenger exited the BMW and fled the scene on foot. The couple was pronounced dead at area hospitals, and their baby died early Monday morning after being delivered following the collision.
Monday afternoon, police identified the suspect as Julio Acevedo, 44, of Brooklyn.
“We must do everything we can to help the NYPD track down the individuals who caused this incident and then made the cowardly decision to flee the scene instead of trying to help the victims. I am confident that the NYPD will find these people soon, and I urge anyone with information to immediately come forward to help bring justice for the bereaved family,” Greenfield said.
“I am devastated that such a horrible tragedy occurred in our neighborhood, and I join the entire community in extending my prayers to everyone who is mourning the loss of this young couple and their child. I am confident that the NYPD will find the driver and hold him accountable for his disgusting actions,” Levin said.
Anyone who witnessed the collision on Sunday morning or has any relevant information should call the NYPD at 1-800-577-TIPS or text TIP577 and your message to “CRIMES” (274637).
The tragedy sparked renewed interest in strengthening state laws against hit-run drivers. State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge) called on the State Assembly to pass a bill recently approved by the State Senate to increase the criminal penalties against drivers who flee the scene of a serious accident.
Golden, who sponsored the senate’s version of the bill, said the assembly should stop putting the brakes on life saving legislation and vote as soon as possible.
“It seems that hit and runs are becoming more prevalent within our society and every year, more and more New Yorkers are dying at the hands of reckless drivers who flee the scene of the accident. The citizens of New York State will not tolerate this, and that is why we must create a new law that increases the penalties for such acts,” Golden said.
The bill increases the penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an accident in which there is serious injury of death without stopping and/or reporting it. Under the bill, a driver would face up to 10 years in prison.