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March 7, 2013

New York police await return of crash suspect held in Pennsylvania

NEW YORK — Police in New York were awaiting the return of a suspect in a gruesome hit-and-run that killed a pregnant woman and her husband on their way to a hospital.

Julio Acevedo, after days of talk that he would surrender, quietly walked to officers waiting in cars in a Bethlehem, Pa., convenience store parking lot on Wednesday and was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident, New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said.

Acevedo was ordered held without bail on a charge of being a fugitive from justice late Wednesday during a video hearing, and a judge said he'd face an extradition hearing Thursday to address his return to New York. Acevedo said he understood.

The judge said it was expected Acevedo would waive extradition, meaning he'd agree to return to New York.

Acevedo is accused of speeding down a Brooklyn street at 60 mph early Sunday and crashing into a car carrying Nachman and Raizy Glauber, who belonged to a close-knit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. The Glaubers, both 21 years old, died Sunday, and their premature son, delivered by cesarean section, died Monday.

The surrender of Acevedo on Wednesday evening was brokered by a friend who had been in touch with police earlier in the day. The friend met officers at New York's Grand Central Terminal and then led them to Acevedo in Bethlehem, about 80 miles away, police said.

It was unclear if Acevedo had an attorney. The friend had told police that Acevedo would surrender after consulting an attorney, but none was with him when he turned himself in, Browne said.

Acevedo has said he was fleeing a gunman when his borrowed BMW slammed into a hired car carrying the couple. He told the Daily News he fled because he was afraid he'd be killed.

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