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Suspect in deadly Brooklyn hit-and-run arrested in Pennsylvania

March 06, 2013|By Michael Muskal and Tina Susman

The man wanted in a Brooklyn hit-and-run that took three lives was arrested in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, about 90 miles west of where the crash occurred.

The local ABC affiliate, WABC, showed video of Julio Acevedo in a blue hooded jacket and athletic pants surrounded by police officers as he was taken into custody. WABC reported that Acevedo had surrendered there because he thought it would be safer. 

Acevedo, 44, had been expected to give himself up, according to a friend who has been contacting various New York news media outlets. But as of midafternoon, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said authorities were still looking for him. "We're not waiting for him to turn himself in," Kelly told reporters.

Acevedo is accused of leaving the scene of an accident early Sunday in which  the BMW he was driving hit a livery cab carrying Nachman Glauber and his pregnant wife, Raizy, both 21.

Nachman Glauber was pronounced dead at a Manhattan hospital and his wife was dead on arrival at another Manhattan hospital, Bellevue. Doctors delivered a baby boy by emergency  cesarean, but he was about two months premature and died on Monday.

The crash took place in Brooklyn's Williamsburg section, home to many Satmar Orthodox Jews, including the Glaubers.

Police are still investigating the case and have yet to determine which driver was at fault, NYPD spokesman Sgt. Lee Jones told the Los Angeles Times.

Acevedo has claimed, through a friend, that he was fleeing a gunman who was firing at him as he sped away, but Kelly said there were no reports of shots being fired in that area.

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 about 3 a.m. on Feb. 17, police said.

He served about a decade in prison in the 1990s for manslaughter.

It was unclear how Acevedo came to be driving the BMW involved in the crash.

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