NEW YORK — The hit-and-run driver accused of killing a Hasidic couple and their premature baby boy in a Williamsburg crash earlier this month pleaded not guilty Thursday morning in Brooklyn Supreme Court to criminally negligent homicide.
Julio Acevedo, 44, was reported by witnesses to be driving recklessly before the March 3 crash that killed Nathan Glauber, 21, his pregnant wife Raizy, 21, and their unborn son, who died soon after being delivered by emergency C-section.
An ex-con, Acevedo was initially charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and criminally negligent homicide, but prosecutors added three manslaughter counts earlier this week. If convicted, he faces a sentence of up to life in prison.
Acevedo said nothing during the brief court proceedings, the New York Daily News reported. His defense attorney, Scott Brettschneider, pleaded not guilty on his behalf.
The Brooklyn District Attorney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.