ALLENTOWN, Pa. – A man arrested in connection with a gruesome car crash that killed a pregnant woman, her husband and eventually their newborn arrived back in New York City on Thursday after his arrest the day before in Pennsylvania.
Julio Acevedo was taken to a Brooklyn police precinct after waiving extradition. The 44-year-old had surrendered to police in the parking lot of a Bethlehem convenience store on Wednesday.
Police in New York say Acevedo left the scene of an accident. He is accused of speeding down a Brooklyn street at 60 mph early Sunday and crashing into a car carrying Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, who died Sunday. Their premature son, delivered by cesarean section, died Monday.
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 none was 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.