New York crash suspect surrenders to police in Pennsylvania
By The Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 8:15 p.m.
Updated: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
NEW YORK — A man suspected of fleeing the scene of a grisly crash in New York City that killed a pregnant woman and her husband was arrested Wednesday at a Pennsylvania convenience store after a friend arranged the surrender with authorities.
Julio Acevedo, 44, walked to officers waiting in cars in the parking lot in Bethlehem, Northampton County. He was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident, said Paul Browne, chief spokesman for the New York Police Department. Wearing a hooded sweatshirt, Acevedo said nothing to officers.
The surrender, which occurred shortly after 5 p.m., was brokered by a friend who had been in touch with police earlier in the day. The friend met officers at New York's Grand Central Station, then led them to Acevedo in Bethlehem, about 80 miles away, police said.
Acevedo was being held by Pennsylvania State Police and was awaiting extradition to New York. Browne said it wasn't clear when Acevedo would be returned.
It wasn't clear if Acevedo had an attorney. The friend had told police that Acevedo would surrender after consulting a lawyer, but none was with him when he turned himself in, Browne said.
On early Sunday, Acevedo allegedly was speeding down a Brooklyn street in a BMW at 60 mph when he collided with a car carrying Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21. They died later in the day, and their premature son died Monday.
Acevedo told the Daily News that he was fleeing a gunman who was trying to shoot at him when his borrowed speeding BMW slammed into a rental car carrying the couple. He told the newspaper he fled because he was worried he would be killed. Acevedo said he didn't know that the couple had died until he saw it in the news. But police said there were no reports of shots fired in the area at the time of the wreck.
Acevedo was arrested last month on a charge of driving while under the influence, and the case is pending. He was stopped by police after they said he was driving erratically around 3 a.m. Feb. 17. He had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13, over the limit of 0.08, police said.
He served about a decade in prison in the 1990s for manslaughter after he was convicted of shooting Kelvin Martin, a Brooklyn criminal whose moniker “50 Cent” was the inspiration for rapper Curtis Jackson's stage name.
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