New York Police Apprehend Suspect In Tragic Hit-And-Run Crash

Category: Society / Mar 08, 2013 9:31AM EDT
New York police now have in custody, the suspected hit-and-run driver of a weekend accident that killed a young Orthodox Jewish couple whose baby was later delivered by C-section but died a day later. Julio Acevedo, 44, of Brooklyn, was escorted by police into a New York precinct on Thursday (March 7). Acevedo surrendered on Wednesday, shortly after 5 p.m. EST to New York City detectives in the parking lot of a convenience store in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, said New York City Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne. The meeting between the suspect and police had been arranged with the help of one of Acevedo's friends, Browne said. The victims, were both 21-year-olds from a close-knit Orthodox Jewish enclave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and were expecting their first child. They were on the way to the hospital when their taxi was hit broadside by a gray BMW sedan just after midnight on Sunday morning, police said. The BMW driver fled the scene on foot. The baby was delivered on site by emergency C section but the newborn boy died early on Monday. Police had launched a manhunt for Acevedo, whom a witness picked out of a photo lineup. Acevedo had been arrested in February for drunk driving and then released, police said. He has a lengthy criminal record that includes murder, robbery and weapons possession, police said. Video Source: Reuters