On Tuesday, March 19th, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes announced that charges in the indictment of Julio Acevedo had been increased to Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Criminally Negligent Homicide. Acevedo was charged earlier this month with Leaving the Scene of an Incident Without Reporting Where Death Results. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.
A person is guilty of Manslaughter in the Second Degree when he recklessly causes the death of another person.
Williamsburg residents Nathan Glauber, his pregnant wife Raizy, both 21, and their son, who was successfully delivered prematurely, but died the following day, were killed when the livery cab in which they were riding was struck by a car being driven by Acevedo on Kent Avenue.
“While we knew it was a snowy evening and the defendant was speeding, our investigation has developed additional information concerning the nature of Mr. Acevedo’s conduct leading up to the fatal crash,” said Hynes.
The investigation revealed that Acevedo was traveling 69.1 miles per hour, more than twice the legal speed limit. Witnesses, who said Acevedo was speeding and passing cars recklessly immediately prior to the incident, heard his car accelerate and watched it increase its speed. As it rounded a curve, it slammed into the car carrying the Glaubers. After the crash Acevedo was seen observing the wreckage before fleeing.
“This is was a horrific accident and all illegal behavior that led up to it must be prosecuted,” said Assemblyman Joe Lentol. “It’s clear the additional evidence Brooklyn’s prosecutor has indicates that the driver’s behavior leading up to it warrants the more serious charge of manslaughter.”
“We’re happy the DA brought these charges because it will prevent [Acevedo] from doing this again and will ensure that others do not commit these crimes against anyone in the City,” said Rabbi David Niederman, Executive Director of United Jewish Organizations (UJO). “You can’t bring back the Glaubers, but you have to prevent future tragedies like this from happening.”
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