Driver in N.Y. Crash Pleads Not Guilty to Manslaughter

NEW YORK (AP) -

The driver in the crash that killed Reb Nachman and Raizy Glauber, z”l, along with their baby born prematurely, pleaded not guilty to three counts of manslaughter on Thursday.

Julio Acevedo also pleaded not guilty to criminally negligent homicide. A lesser charge, announced earlier this month, accuses him of leaving the scene of the accident. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say Acevedo was traveling nearly 70 miles per hour — more than twice the speed limit — on March 3 when he crashed into a hired car carrying the Glaubers.

Acevedo was driving a borrowed BMW recklessly and accelerating as he passed the Glaubers’ vehicle moments before impact.

Passersby who stopped to help said that Acevedo assured them he wasn’t hurt. He then slipped away on foot, fully aware of the carnage.

Acevedo is being held without bail. His next court appearance will be in May.