The convicted felon wanted in the heartbreaking hit-and-run crash that killed a Brooklyn family said Tuesday he is considering surrendering.
But as of 3 a.m. EST, there was no word of surrender from the suspect – 44-year-old Julio Acevedo.
Police said Tuesday night that there was no deal for Acevedo to give himself up, and they are still seeking to arrest him.
In fact, police said they have had no dialogue with his attorney.
Police identified Acevedo as the driver on Monday. They said he was going at least 60 mph early Sunday morning when his BMW collided with a livery cab carrying Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, at Kent Avenue and Wilson Street in Williamsburg.
Acevedo then fled the scene, police said.
The crash killed the couple instantly. Their baby boy, who was delivered by emergency Cesarean section after the crash, passed away around 5:30 a.m. Monday.
Members of the frum community gathered outside the police precinct to await Acevedo’s surrender. Acevedo is only charged with leaving the scene of an accident, but some in the community want to see manslaughter charges added.
Still, Acevedo is no longer in hiding. In a telephone interview with the New York Daily News Tuesday, he was quoted as saying, “I didn’t know they died until I saw the news.”
As for why he fled the scene, he said, “(I) was scared of someone shooting at me. I was scared I just got shot at.”
The report also said Acevedo was reaching out to a lawyer before turning himself in.
Acevedo was arrested last month on a charge of driving while under the influence, and the case is pending.
He was convicted for manslaughter in 1987, along with drug and robbery charges. After serving 10 years, he was sent back to jail for a parole violation and then released in 1999.
He is believed to live with family in the Farragut Houses development in Brooklyn, but a knock on the door went unanswered Monday evening.
But since Acevedo told the Daily News he is ready to surrender, members of the frum community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, stopped by the 90th Precinct all day to urge him to do so.
Police haven’t actually said whether Acevedo was at fault for the accident. The livery cab had a stop sign, but it’s not clear if the driver stopped.
Police said the crash with the BMW reduced the cab to a crumpled heap, and Raizy Glauber was thrown from the wreck. The engine ended up in the back seat, Abraham said.
The driver of the livery cab, Pedro Nunez Delacruz, was knocked unconscious but was not seriously hurt. His vehicle should not have been sent to pick up the passengers because an application to use the Toyota as a livery cab had not yet been approved, the city Taxi and Limousine Commission said.
The baby weighed only about 4 pounds when he was delivered, neighbors and friends said. He died of extreme prematurity, the city Medical Examiner’s Office said.
How Acevedo came to possess the BMW is also under investigation. The registered owner, Takia Walker, was arrested on insurance fraud charges Sunday in a scam involving the car, police said. She was not involved in the crash.
Read the full report at CBS 2.