NEW YORK -- Police have identified a suspect being sought in the hit-and-run deaths of a pregnant woman and her husband whose baby died on Monday, a day after the Brooklyn car crash.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said police are looking for 44-year-old Julio Acevedo, who had a DWI arrest in February. Acevedo was going at least 60 mph when the car slammed into the cab carrying the couple to a hospital, police said.
The newborn boy, delivered after the crash, died early Monday, according to Isaac Abraham, who serves as a spokesman for the family's Orthodox Jewish community.
"We in the community are demanding that the prosecutor charge the driver of BMW that caused the death of this couple and infant .<!p>.<!p>. with triple homicide," Abraham said in a statement. "This coward left the scene of the accident not even bothering to check on the people of the other car."
Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, were looking forward to welcoming their first child into their tight-knit community of Orthodox Jews. They were killed in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. The cause of the crash remained under investigation Monday. The driver of the BMW was expected at least to face charges of leaving the scene of an accident.
Police initially believed the BMW driver had a passenger but now say he was alone in the vehicle. A witness in another car said the BMW passed by at a high rate of speed before the accident. The speed limit is 30 mph in the area.
The livery car was at a stop sign, but it was unclear if it had stopped, police said.
The engine of the livery car ended up in the backseat, where Raizy Glauber, who was seven months pregnant, was sitting before she was ejected, Abraham said. Her body landed under a parked tractor-trailer, said witnesses who raced to the scene after the crash. Nachman Glauber was pinned in the car, and emergency workers had to cut off the roof to get him out, witnesses said.
The Glaubers both were pronounced dead at hospitals, and the medical examiner said they died of blunt-force trauma. It's not clear if they were wearing seatbelts.
Doctors had delivered the baby by cesarean section. Neighbors and friends said the boy weighed only about 4 pounds.
Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the city medical examiner's office, said the baby's death was caused by extreme prematurity due to maternal blunt force injuries.
Henry Weinstock, who lives in the village of Kiryas Joel in upstate New York, came by at noon to visit the fresh graves of the parents.
He said he was a cousin of the baby's father.
"God wants it this way," Weinstock said. "We cannot say anything else."