A man arrested in connection with a car crash that killed a rabbinical college student, his pregnant wife and their baby has been indicted on three counts of manslaughter.
Julio Acevedo was previously charged with leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it. The Brooklyn district attorney on Tuesday announced second-degree manslaughter charges for the deaths of the pregnant woman, her husband and the baby that was born after the crash but did not survive.
Acevedo's attorney, Kathleen Julian, has said her client has been vilified by the media. She did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Acevedo is accused of barreling down a Brooklyn street at 69 mph, more than twice the speed limit, early March 3 and crashing into a livery cab carrying Nachman and Raizy Glauber, who were on their way to a hospital.
Prosecutors said witnesses described Acevedo as speeding and passing cars recklessly before the crash, and they say he accelerated before rounding a curve and slamming into the victims' cars.
The Glaubers, both 21, died the day of the accident. Their son, delivered by cesarean section, died the following day of extreme prematurity due to blunt-force injuries to his mother, who was seven months pregnant and was thrown from the cab, the city medical examiner's office said.
The cab that had been carrying them had a stop sign, though it's unclear whether the driver stopped. The driver was knocked unconscious.
Acevedo told the Daily News that he was fleeing a gunman who was trying to shoot at him when his borrowed BMW slammed into the Glaubers' hired car. He told the newspaper he fled because he was worried he would be killed. But police said there were no reports of shots fired in the area at the time of the wreck.
He faces up to life in prison if convicted.