NEW YORK (AP) — A man arrested in connection with a car crash that killed a rabbinical college student and his pregnant wife, whose newborn later died, arrived back in New York City on Thursday, a day after surrendering in Pennsylvania.
Julio Acevedo arrived at a Brooklyn police precinct hours after waiving extradition. Acevedo surrendered to police in the parking lot of a Bethlehem, Pa., convenience store on Wednesday evening.
He was arrested on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident but could face more serious charges. He was expected to appear in court in Brooklyn later Thursday.
He was accused of barreling down a Brooklyn street at 60 mph early Sunday and crashing into a hired car carrying Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, who died Sunday. Their premature son, delivered by cesarean section, died Monday. The hired car had a stop sign, though it's unclear whether the driver stopped.
At an appearance in Pennsylvania, Acevedo, 44, told Judge Kelly Banach that he had finished the 11th grade, was unemployed and lives in Brooklyn with his mother. He wore an orange jumpsuit and was shackled at the ankles and wrists.
His surrender was brokered by a friend who had been in touch with police earlier Wednesday. The friend met officers at New York's Grand Central Terminal and led them to Acevedo in Bethlehem, about 80 miles away, police said. The friend had told police that Acevedo would surrender after consulting an attorney, but there wasn't one with him when he turned himself in, police said.
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 hired car, which was carrying the Glaubers to a hospital. 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.
The couple belonged to a close-knit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, which is home to the largest community of ultra-Orthodox Jews outside Israel, more than 250,000. They were members of the Satmar Hasidic sect.
Raizy Glauber grew up in a prominent rabbinical family. Nachman Glauber, whose family founded a line of clothing for Orthodox Jews, was studying at a rabbinical college.
The couple's son was buried Monday near their graves, according to a spokesman for the community. About a thousand community members turned out for the couple's funeral a day earlier.
Associated Press writer Michael Rubinkam in Bethlehem, Pa., and photographer Mary Altaffer contributed to this report.