NEW YORK (JTA) — Julio Acevedo, the driver of a car in an accident that killed a young hasidic couple in Brooklyn, was charged with manslaughter.
Brooklyn prosecutors announced a second-degree manslaughter charge against Acevedo, 44, on Tuesday. If convicted, he faces life imprisonment.
Acevedo earlier had been indicted on charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Prosecutors say Acevedo was speeding through the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, at nearly 70 miles per hour when the BMW he was driving plowed into a livery cab that was transporting Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, to the hospital early on March 3.
Raizy Glauber was pregnant with the couple’s first child, which briefly survived an emergency C-section. The Glaubers were killed instantly.
Acevedo fled the scene of the accident and was apprehended several days later in Pennsylvania.
According to reports, Acevedo was imprisoned for a decade for first-degree manslaughter, robbery and drug possession. In February he was arrested for drunk driving, but a judge did not suspend his license.