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SICKENING: Man charged with running over Williamsburg family says 'accidents happen’

Julio Acevedo, defendant in the Williamsburg vehicular manslaughter case. AP Photo

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Julio Acevedo told ABC that “accidents happen,” as he described his role in a vehicular manslaughter case. Acevedo, 44, has been charged with manslaughter in the second degree for allegedly striking a car and killing a pregnant couple and their son early March 2013. 

Acevedo is charged with driving nearly 70 miles per hour down Kent Avenue in Williamsburg on March 3 and striking a livery car. The accident killed Nathan Glauber, 21, his pregnant wife Raizy, 21, and their son, who was successfully delivered prematurely, but died the next day. Acevedo was arrested on March 7 in Pennsylvania.

An investigation conducted by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office and the New York City Police Department revealed that Acevedo was traveling more than twice the legal speed limit, and that witnesses, including firefighters and another civilian driver, described Acevedo speeding and passing cars recklessly immediately prior to the incident.

As Acevedo's car passed the civilian's car it rounded a curve at a high speed and immediately slammed into the car carrying the victims, according to the DA’s Office. After the crash, Acevedo exited his car, was seen observing the carnage and fled.
 
"Sure, I played a part. I couldn't stop. Accidents happen. I'm sad. It was a tragedy," Acevedo told ABC during a jailhouse interview. "Let's ask the cab driver why did he run the stop sign."

Acevedo has served time in prison before. In 1987, he was convicted of murder and was sentenced to a lengthy prison term. After informing authorities that he was forced to commit the killing, Acevedo pleaded to manslaughter and the murder conviction was tossed out.  Acevedo was released in 1997.

"I'm made out to be the monster in all this," Acevedo told ABC. "I can't bring [the Glaubers] back, it was an accident. I apologize deeply." Given his encounters with the criminal justice system, Acevedo said, "I don't trust the system. I don't believe in it. I've been through it."

April 29, 2013 - 12:45pm


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