The man who allegedly killed a Brooklyn couple and their unborn son last week in a horrific hit-and-run car crash has been indicted by a grand jury on the charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Julio Acevedo, 44, was charged in the crash that killed a Monsey-reared man, Nachman Glauber, and his wife, Raizy, both 21, and later their son, a baby born after the crash, Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes said Wednesday in a statement.
Acevedo had been charged by police with criminally negligent homicide. The Brooklyn district attorney's office said Wednesday that prosecutors continue to present evidence to the grand jury and that additional indictments, including one for the homicide charge, are possible.
If convicted on the charge in the present indictment, Acevedo could face life in prison.
His attorney, Kathleen Julian, said Wednesday that Acevedo feels terrible about what happened, but said it was an accident.
Acevedo allegedly slammed the BMW he was driving at 60 mph into a livery cab in Williamsburg around 1:30 a.m. on March 3, authorities have said. The two adults died that morning at local hospitals, while their son, who was delivered prematurely, died the next day.
The driver of the cab suffered only minor injuries, and later received an order of protection.
Acevedo allegedly fled the accident scene, sparking a four-day manhunt that ended when Derrick Hamilton, a friend of the Brooklyn man, negotiated Acevedo's surrender, which occurred at a Bethlehem, Pa., convenience store.
The defendant served about a decade in prison in the 1990s for manslaughter after he was convicted of shooting Kelvin Martin, a Brooklyn criminal whose moniker "50 Cent" was the inspiration for rapper Curtis Jackson's current stage name.
Last month, officers stopped Acevedo, who was driving erratically. He was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .13 percent, well over the .08 percent limit for legal intoxication in the state, police said, and was charged with driving while under the influence.
It remains unknown whether Acevedo was drinking when he crashed into the livery cab in which the Glaubers were passengers.
The details of how the deadly crash unfolded and how Acevedo came to possess the BMW are under investigation. The registered owner, Takia Walker, was arrested on insurance fraud charges Sunday in a scam involving the car, police said. She was not involved in the crash.
Raizy Glauber grew up in a prominent rabbinical family. Her husband was studying at a rabbinical college. His family founded a line of clothing for Orthodox Jews. The couple and their baby were buried in Kiryas Joel at a cemetery affiliated with their Satmar Hasidic denomination.
With Ken Schachter, Chau Lam, Anthony M. DeStefano, Igor Kossov and Ellen Yan and The Associated Press