The suspected driver in Sunday's deadly hit-and-run in Brooklyn that left a husband, wife and their prematurely born son dead was arraigned in New York City late Thursday night after waiving extradition earlier in the day in Pennsylvania. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
Julio Acevedo, 44, is charged with three counts of leaving the scene of an accident and three counts of criminally negligent homicide.
Acevedo was arraigned on the charges Thursday night and was ordered held without bail.
"He was scared," said defense attorney Kathleen Julian. "When an accident happens, something that horrible happens, you don't think right."
Julian said the district attorney did not follow though on the NYPD's initial charge of vehicular homicide.
She said her client is heartbroken about what happened.
"It was an accident," she said. "The facts of the case will come out. What happened will come out in the investigation."
Livery cab driver Pedro Nunez, who was injured in the wreck, said Thursday that he's scared of Acevedo. The judge issued an order of protection Thursday against Acevedo for Nunez.
Police believe a BMW driven by Acevedo at twice the speed limit crashed into the livery cab.
Nachman Glauber and his wife, Raizy, who were passengers in the livery cab, died as a result of the crash.
Raizy Glauber was seven months pregnant, and the couple was en route to the hospital because she wasn't feeling well.
Doctors delivered the baby, but the child died on Monday.
Detectives believe that Acevedo fled the scene of the wreck on foot.
Police captured Acevedo in Pennsylvania Wednesday after a friend arranged his surrender.
His wife, child and friends showed up to court to support him and his attorney said he took two days to give himself up for them.
"Given the fact that from the beginning, he was vilified in the press, he was worried for his family's safety, he was worried for his own constitutional rights, he wanted to insure that he had an attorney and he wanted to assure his family's safety before he surrendered," Julian said.
The prosecutor will present the case to a grand jury over the next several weeks.
Acevedo served a decade in prison after a manslaughter conviction. His attorney told NY1 that he could get 15 years to life in prison if he is found guilty and is deemed a persistent felon. If he is found guilty and he is not deemed a persistent felon, he faces 3 1/2 to seven years behind bars.