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  • 6 March 2013, 11:07

Hit-And-Run Suspect 'Ready' To Surrender

The suspected driver in a hit-and-run crash that killed a pregnant woman, her husband and ultimately their baby says he is ready to surrender.

Julio Acevedo told the New York Daily News he was speeding away from a gunman who was trying to shoot at him early Sunday at the time of the collision in New York.

He said he fled the scene in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn because he was afraid he would be killed.

The 44-year-old also claimed he did not know the couple had died until he saw it in the newspaper.

"My heart goes out to them," Acevedo told the newspaper in a phone call arranged by a friend.

"I didn't know they died until I saw the news."

Acevedo was supposedly meeting with a lawyer to hand himself in.

But police said they had had no contact with the suspect.

"We are still looking to apprehend him," spokesman Paul Browne said. "We have no information that he is going to surrender."

Acevedo was in a BMW reportedly travelling at more than60mphwhen he crashed into another car carrying Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21.

They died soon after, while their baby - who was delivered by emergency Caesarian-section - died on Monday.

Acevedo was arrested last month on a charge of driving while under the influence, and the case is pending.

He served about 10 years in prison in the 1990s for manslaughter after he was convicted of shooting a Brooklyn gang member.

The dead couple belonged to a close-knit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, which is home to the largest such community outside Israel.

Their tiny baby was buried alongside them.

The Hasidic Jewish community has offered a $15,000 (9,910) reward for information leading to Acevedo's capture and called for murder charges to be filed.

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