Updated from previous story… killed young parents and newborn baby in tragic hit and run this weekend…the baby passed away last night
The NYPD released this photo of the suspect today through the AP in connection with the killing. He has a criminal past, including prison time for manslaughter and a recent DUI according to the Daily Mail. [story continues below]
|This undated photo, provided by the New York City Police Department on Monday March 4, 2013, shows Julio Acevedo, 44, who police are looking for in connection with the death of an expectant couple that was killed in a car accident in Brooklyn early Sunday morning and their premature baby, who was delivered alive but did not survive. Police are searching for the driver of a BMW and a passenger who fled on foot after slamming into the livery cab transporting Nachman Glauber and his pregnant wife Raizy, both 21 years old. (AP Photo/NYPD)
Authorities are seeking Julio Acevedo, 44, who had a DWI arrest just two weeks ago and who has previously served eight years in prison for manslaughter, for the early-morning crash in Brooklyn on Sunday, police said.
Acevedo was going at least 60 mph when the BMW he was allegedly driving slammed into the cab carrying the couple to a hospital, police said.
He has previously served eight years in prison on a manslaughter charge in a shooting death, and violated parole once after, according to a state department of correction spokeswoman.
As well as the 1987 shooting in Brooklyn, his record includes a 1997 robbery in the Bronx, according to DNAinfo.
When he was stopped by police last month for driving erratically, his blood alcohol level was far above the legal level at .13. He was charged with a DWI but released the next day without bail.
‘We in the community are demanding that the prosecutor charge the driver of BMW that caused the death of this couple and infant … with triple homicide,’ Abraham said in a statement. ‘This coward left the scene of the accident not even bothering to check on the people of the other car.’
A woman who identified herself at Acevedo’s mother told the New York Daily News he would turn himself in on Monday.
Police initially believed the BMW driver had a passenger but now say he was alone in the vehicle. A witness said the BMW passed by at a high rate of speed before the accident.
The taxi driver, Pedro Nunez Delacruz, 32, was not injured in the crash. He had an up-to-date license but an application to use the Toyota as a livery cab was still pending at the time of the crash.
This means it should not have been sent to collect them, according to the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, but his union insisted he had done nothing wrong.
Meanwhile, police said the registered owner of the BMW, Takia Walker, 29 who was not in the car, was charged with insurance fraud on Sunday in a scam involving the car.
A person familiar with the investigation said Walker bought the car legally – or willingly used her identification for the purchase – then gave the car to another man. The middleman wasn’t driving at the time of the accident, and had either lent or rented the car out to the driver, the person said.
Doctors had delivered the baby by cesarean section. Neighbors and friends said the boy weighed only about 4 pounds.
Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the city medical examiner’s office, said the baby’s death was caused by extreme prematurity due to maternal blunt force injuries.
Paramedic Yisroel Altman said he initially believed both husband and wife could survive, but their head injuries were just too much.
‘I’ve seen worse cases [car accidents], it was the knock on the head that killed them,’ said Altman to the New York Post, adding that Raizi was responsive in the ambulance until a few minutes before she arrived at Bellevue.
Jewish law calls for the burial of the dead as soon as possible and at least 1,000 people gathered at Yetev Lev D’Satmar synagogue in Brooklyn on Sunday to pay their respects to the Glaubers.
|Tears: After the funeral began, a speaker sobbed uncontrollably, his voice choked with grief
There will not be a similar funeral for the baby boy; Hasidim do not perform funerals for newborns who do not survive 30 days, according to Mendel Rosenberg, of Chesed Shel Emes.
At the funeral Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, speaking in Yiddish, addressed the mourners.
‘It’s a great tragedy for the community,’ said Teitelbaum. ‘We have to hold on together and see what we can do to make things better. This is a very, very big tragedy.’
Raizi’s brother, Yitzchak Silberstein, spoke of his devastation at his sister’s tragic passing to the New York Daily News.
‘She was the crown of the family,’ said Silberstein. ‘We were sitting together last night and today she’s gone.’
The sound of wailing filled the street as the two black-draped coffins were carried from a vehicle.
The young couple were in this livery cab when they were involved in the crash
After the funeral began, a speaker sobbed uncontrollably, his voice choked with grief and echoing over loudspeakers set up outside.
Just before, Nachman Glauber’s cousin, Sara Glauber, said of her relative and his bride, ‘if one had to go, the other had to go too because they really were one soul.’
Sara spoke admiringly of her cousin. ‘You don’t meet anyone better than him,’ she said. ‘He was always doing favors for everyone.’
The Glaubers were married about a year ago and had begun a life together in Williamsburg, where Raizi Glauber grew up in a prominent Orthodox Jewish rabbinical family, Sara Glauber said.
Raised north of New York City in Monsey, N.Y., and part of a family that founded a line of clothing for Orthodox Jews, Nachman Glauber was studying at a rabbinical college nearby, said his cousin.
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