Baby boy dies after surviving Williamsburg hit-and-run; police search for driver

March 4, 2013 Heather Chin
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The one-day old premature baby boy who was the only solace for a family and community grieving over the tragic loss of his parents, Nathan and Raizi Glauber, both 21, died this morning in the Intensive Care Unit at Bellevue Hospital.

The boy, named after his father, is to be buried later today upstate in Orange County, where his parents were laid to rest together yesterday, less than a day after the livery cab transporting them to the hospital at 12:10 a.m. on Sunday, March 3, was slammed into by a hit-and-run driver who fled and is still on the run.

Police are searching for Julio Acevedo, 44, who is suspected of being the driver in the fatal crash. Acevedo was arrested last month on charges of drunken driving.

In the meantime, the registered owner of the grey 2010 BMW sedan that Acevedo allegedly used to cause the accident has been arrested. Takia Walker, 29, was arrested in the Bronx on Sunday and charged with insurance fraud for buying and registering the car under false pretenses.

According to NYPD spokesperson Paul J. Browne, the BMW hit the driver’s side of the couple’s cab at speeds of “at least 60 miles an hour” while heading northbound on Kent Avenue. The cab had been going westbound on Wilson Street.

The 32-year-old cab driver is said to be in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital.

The livery cab driver, a 32-year-old Hispanic male, was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he is listed as being in stable condition.

Previous reports of a second person seen fleeing the scene are now said to be inaccurate; Acevedo is said to have been the only person in the car at the time of the accident.

A $5,000 reward is being offered by Councilmembers Stephen Levin and David Greenfield for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Acevedo. They say that they hope the reward will be incentive for witnesses to come forward with relevant information.

Witnesses or anyone with relevant information should call the NYPD at 1-800-577-TIPS or text TIP577 and your message to “CRIMES” (274637).

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