Prosecutors on Tuesday released new details about the horrific car crash that killed a Brooklyn couple and their unborn son earlier this month -- charging that the suspect in the case was hurtling through the streets of Brooklyn at nearly 70 mph just before the crash occurred.
Julio Acevedo, 44, faces additional charges of second-degree manslaughter in the March 3 crash that killed a Monsey-reared man, Nachman Glauber, and his wife, Raizy -- both were 21 -- and later their son, a baby born after the crash, Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes said Tuesday in a statement.
Acevedo had been indicted on felony charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident last week. If convicted, Acevedo faces face life in prison. The new charges do not increase the maximum sentence he was facing but likely would increase the actual sentence if he is convicted.
"While we knew it was a snowy evening and (Acevedo) was speeding, our investigation has developed additional information concerning the nature of Mr. Acevedo's conduct leading up to the fatal crash," Hynes said.
Hynes' statement said that Acevedo was driving erratically at nearly 70 mph -- more than twice the legal speed limit -- through the neighborhood of Williamsburg and was recklessly passing other cars in the moments before the fatal crash. The BMW that Acevedo was driving slammed into a livery cab carrying the Glaubers to a hospital about 1:30 a.m.
A message left for Kathleen Julian, Acevedo's attorney, was not immediately returned Tuesday.
Nachman and Raizy Glauber died that morning at hospitals, and 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 for manslaughter in the 1990s 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 for 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 intoxicated 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