BROOKLYN — A grand jury voted to indict Julio Acevedo for allegedly fleeing the scene of a Williamsburg crash that left an expecting couple and their premature baby for dead, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Acevedo, 44, a convicted killer, faces 25 years to life in prison on the charge — a felony — if convicted because of his extensive criminal history, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes said in a statement.
Aside from leaving the scene, Acevedo was also arraigned on charges of criminally negligent homicde, reckless driving and assault.
The grand jury is still reviewing additional evidence in the case which could lead to indictments on other charges, a spokesman for the District Attorney's office said.
Acevedo was driving his BMW north on Kent Avenue when he slammed into a Toyota Camry livery cab near Wilson Street early Sunday March 3, but fled the scene shortly thereafter, according to the DA's office.
The cab was carrying Raizy and Nachman Glauber, a young Hasidic couple, who were en route to the hospital because the mother was complaining of delivery complications. They were both taken to nearby hospitals where they were pronounced dead. Their son was successfully delivered, but died the next day.
Acevedo fled to Pennsylvania where he eventually turned himself into police after a four-day manhunt.
He had been arrested just two weeks before the crash for a drunken driving road-rage incident, but the New York Daily News reported that the arraignment judge allowed him to keep his license in violation of state law.
In 1987, he was convicted of manslaughter and and about two weeks before the March car accident, he was arrested for drunk driving.