Acevedo has been indicted for Leaving the Scene of an Incident Without Reporting Where Death Results. Based on Acevedo’s prior criminal record, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years-to-life in prison.
“There has been grand jury action and a true bill was voted,” Brooklyn assistant district attorney Craig Esswein stated in court.
The indictment charges that at 12:13 am on March 3, the defendant was driving a BMW northbound on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg that crashed into a livery cab in a T-bone position. The passengers Nathan and Raizy Glauber, who was seven months pregnant, were killed. The baby was born by Caesarian section, but died the next day.
Additional evidence continues to be presented to the Grand Jury in the deaths of the couple and the child.
According to his defense attorney Kathleen Julian, Acevedo feels genuinely terrible about the tragic deaths, but claims that it was nevertheless an accident. Acevedo has been quoted as saying that he was speeding – reportedly at twice the speed limit – because he was attempting to flee someone who was firing gunshots at him. However, authorities say that there is no evidence of any shooting taking place in that area at that time.
“There’s no crime. They’re judging him on his past,” the defendant’s wife Dorothy Acevedo said after the brief courtroom proceeding. Mrs. Acevedo was referring to her husband’s criminal record, which includes serving a prison sentence for manslaughter and an arrest for driving while intoxicated.
At the time of the incident, Acevedo – who was driving at approximately 60 miles per hour – swerved around a fire truck and his BMW ploughed into the livery cab carrying Nachman and Raizy Glauber, prosecutors have said.
In addition to leaving the scene of an accident, prosecutors also charged Acevedo with criminally negligent homicide, assault, and reckless driving.