Police have identified Julio Acevedo as the man they believe was responsible for the Brooklyn hit-and-run that killed an Orthodox Jewish couple and their newborn son in Brooklyn.
The New York Daily News reported that police are searching for the 44-year-old Acevedo, whom authorities believe was driving the BMW that plowed into the taxi cab Nachman and Raziel Glauber were riding in early Sunday morning.
The Orthodox Jewish couple from Brooklyn, both 21, was on the way to a hospital because Raziel, who was seven months pregnant, was experiencing labor pains.
Their baby boy initially survived the impact and was delivered by C-section, but died of his injuries Monday morning.
Acevedo’s mother, who did not give her name, told the Daily News that she was estranged from her son. She added that the 44-year-old was in prison for manslaughter.
“I know why you are here. You are here for my son. He doesn't live here. I don't want to talk. I have nothing to say. Tell the family of my condolences,” his mother told a reporter.
Leaders in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community said they are seeking justice for the young couple and their newborn son.
"The only thing I can say is, unfortunately, this little 3-pound-boy would have been at least an umbilical cord for the family to remember the couple. And even that was torn away for them,” community leader Isaac Abraham told the New York Post before Acevedo was identified as the hit-and-run suspect. "The best thing for this coward is to charge him with triple homicide -- and we are going to demand that,” Abraham said.
A driver in a BMW, who did not own the car, was speeding around 12:30 a.m. Sunday when it T-boned into a cab the Glaubers were riding while the taxi was near a stop sign, the New York Post reported. The young Orthodox Jewish couple was heading to a Brooklyn hospital because Raizel, who was seven months pregnant, was experiencing labor pains.
Raizel Glauber was ejected from the cab and her body wound up underneath a parked tractor trailer, according to the New York Daily News.
The taxi driver was treated and released from Bellevue Hospital.
“I don’t remember anything,” Pedro Nunez, 32, said to the Daily News. Police “told me it was a hit-and-run. There’s an investigation.”
Large numbers of mourners paid their respects to the Glaubers at a Williamsburg synagogue for their funeral.
"It’s a great tragedy for the community,” said Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum of the Khal Yitav Lev synagogue, the Daily News reported. “We have to hold on together and see what we can do to make things better. This is a very, very big tragedy.”
Raizel Glauber’s brother, Nuchem Yoel Silberstein, called her “the crown of the family.
“We were sitting together last night and today she’s gone,” he told mourners, according to the Daily News.
Silberstein also said his brother-in-law was a model husband.
“We can all learn from him how to treat a wife,” he said. “The way he treated her was special.”
Police arrested a woman who co-signed the lease for the BMW; she was charged with insurance fraud, the Post reported.
Takia Walker, 29, allegedly let a third party drive the car despite the third party not being on the insurance.
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