Family and friends of the Orthodox family wiped out in a hit-and-run car crash over the weekend were relieved at the arrest of the killer driver, but still heartbroken at their crushing loss.
Career criminal Julio Acevedo, 44, who has admitted slamming his car into the livery cab carrying the couple to the hospital to deliver their first baby, as arrested in Pennsylvania a fter he ended several days on the run from cops.
The arrest won’t bring back Nachman and Raizy Glauber, the Satmar Hasidic couple killed in the Sunday morning incident, nor their newborn baby. The “miracle” child was delivered alive, but died a day later.
“It’s a sweet, bitter pill to swallow,” said community leader Isaac Abraham, a family friend of the couple. “Sweet because it’s at least the best news we have heard in the last 72 hours, but it’s bitter because it doesn’t bring any of three people that were murdered back.
“I hope they throw the book at him,” he added.
An uncle of Raizy Glauber, Rabbi Moshe Silberstein, told the New York Post that the victim’s parents were happy about the arrest, but questioned why Acevedo was on the streets in the first place.
“They’re relieved in a way, but they can’t be relieved,” SIlberstein said. “Losing a child — losing three children — is a thing that can be healed only by God.”
Acevedo, an ex-con with a long rap sheet including a manslaughter conviction, claimed he was fleeing after being shot at nearby when he careened into a livery cab carrying the Glaubers, who were expecting their first baby, just after midnight Sunday.
Abraham told the Daily News that Acevedo should “rot in hell. Rot in jail before you rot in hell.”
The Glaubers, both 21, died in the crash. They were members of the Satmar Hasidic community in Williamsburg.
Family friends told local media that Raizy Glauber was about six months pregnant and had wanted to go to the hospital because she was not feeling well.
The baby was delivered by cesarean section at Bellevue Hospital, where his mother had been pronounced dead on arrival, police said.
Acevedo was arrested as he walked through the parking lot of a convenience story in Bethlehem, Pa., just after 5 p.m., the Daily News reported.
Acevedo had appaerently told police where to find him and turned himself in.
“We had learned earlier today of his whereabouts in Pennsylvania,” a police spokesman said. “We were assisted by his friend.”
Acevedo was placed in handcuffs and charged with leaving the scene of a vehicular accident, Browne said, adding he did not have an attorney with him.
Weightier charges will be up to the Brooklyn District Attorney, he said.
Acevedo was taken to Pennsylvania state barracks in Bethlehem, where he is being held pending extradition to New York, Browne said.
Browne said he did not know what connection, if any, Acevedo had with Bethlehem, a small city in eastern Pennsylvania that lies about 90 miles west of New York City.
The shameless hit-and-run driver who killed an Orthodox couple as they rode to the hospital to deliver their first driver earlier told a reporter that he was sorry that they died along with their newborn boy.
Acevedo said he raced away from the horror Sunday morning crash in Brooklyn because he didn’t know Nachman and Raizy Glauber had died.
This story "Relatives Relieved at Arrest of Hit-and-Run Driver Who Killed Orthodox Family" was written by Forward Staff.