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US-USA-ACCIDENT-BABY:New York police apprehend suspect in fatal hit-and-run crash
By Ellen Wulfhorst
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York police on Wednesday arrested the suspect in a hit-and-run crash that killed a young Orthodox Jewish couple whose baby was later delivered by C-section but then died, a spokesman said.
The suspect, Julio Acevedo, surrendered shortly after 5 p.m. EST to New York City detectives in the parking lot of a convenience store in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, said Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne.
The meeting between the suspect and police had been arranged with the help of one of Acevedo's friends, Browne said.
The victims, Raizy and Nachman Glauber, were both 21-year-olds from a close-knit Orthodox Jewish enclave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, who were expecting their first child.
They were on the way to the hospital when their taxi was hit broadside by a gray BMW sedan just after midnight on Sunday morning, police said. The BMW driver fled the scene on foot.
The Glauber baby was delivered on Sunday by cesarean section at Bellevue Hospital, where the mother had been pronounced dead on arrival, police said. But the newborn baby boy died early on Monday.
Family friends said Raizy Glauber was about six months pregnant and had wanted to go to the hospital because she was not feeling well.
Police had launched a manhunt for Acevedo, 44, of Brooklyn, whom a witness picked out of a photo lineup.
Acevedo had been arrested in February for drunk driving and then released, police said. He has a lengthy criminal record that includes murder, robbery and weapons possession.
"We had learned earlier today of his whereabouts in Pennsylvania," Browne 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 taxi driver was treated at a local hospital and released following the Brooklyn crash.
(Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Andrew Hay; desking by G Crosse)