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Julio Acevedo officially charged in fatal hit-and-run that killed family in New York

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(ABC NEWS) -- The man who surrendered to police for his role in a deadly hit and run in Brooklyn that killed a young couple and later their baby has waived extradition has been charged in their deaths. 

Julio Acevedo is charged with one count of Vehicular Manslaughter in the first degree: Cause Death of Child Passenger, three counts of Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and three counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide.

Acevedo surrendered and was arraigned on fugitive charges Wednesday night in New York City. The entire proceeding lasted about five minutes, with Acevedo doing more listening than talking.

Police say he was arrested at a mini-mart in Bethlehem without incident.

Acevedo was extradited back to Brooklyn to be charged in the crash that killed Nachman and Raizy Glauber. Their infant son, delivered by emergency C-section after the accident, died the next day.

Acevedo, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, said nothing to officers who took him into custody, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.

The surrender, which occurred shortly after 5 p.m., was brokered by a friend, Derrick Hamilton, who contacted the NYPD to arrange it.

Hamilton met NYPD officers at Grand Central and traveled with them to Bethlehem. Acevedo was given a description of the unmarked police cars that would be waiting for him in the parking lot of the Turkey Hill minimart.

The Glaubers were from Brooklyn, home to the largest community of ultra-Orthodox Jews outside Israel, more than 250,000, and were members of the Satmar Hasidic sect. Raizy Glauber grew up in a prominent rabbinical family. Nachman Glauber, whose family founded a line of clothing for Orthodox Jews, was studying at a rabbinical college.

The couple's son 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.

He was buried near his parents' graves, a community spokesman said. About 1,000 people turned out for the couple's funeral a day earlier.

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 around 3 a.m. on Feb. 17. He had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13, over the limit of 0.08, police said.

He also served about a decade in prison in the 1990s for manslaughter after he was convicted of shooting a Brooklyn criminal whose moniker, 50 Cent, was the inspiration for rapper Curtis Jackson's current stage name.

How Acevedo came to possess the BMW is under investigation. The registered owner was arrested Sunday on insurance fraud charges related to the vehicle, but the case was deferred.

Earlier, Acevedo's wife talked to Eyewitness News reporter Sarah Wallace, expressing her concern about her husband's whereabouts and the well-being of the victims' families.

"Me and my family and friends would like to bring flowers to the site, to offer my condolences to the Glauber family," Dorothy Acevedo said. "I'm afraid, afraid for my safety and my family's safety."

She says she is tortured by the images of the crash.

Dorothy Acevedo wouldn't discuss any contact with her husband, but she is adamant that he is not the man portrayed in the media.

"He is not a monster," she said.

Julio Acevedo told Sarah Wallace on Tuesday by phone that he was afraid to surrender. He claimed someone was shooting at him and that he was just trying to get away.

"I was speeding, trying to get away because I was scared from someone shooting at me," he said. "The cab driver came out of nowhere, and I couldn't stop."

Acevedo said he fled the scene because he was scared. He says that his heart goes out to family, and that he wanted to surrender.


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