Hynes adds manslaughter to Acevedo charges
Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes on Tuesday announced that charges in the indictment of Julio Acevedo, 44, have been increased to Manslaughter in the Second Degree in connection with the well-publicized death of a Hasidic couple.
Previously indicted for the crime of leaving the scene of an accident, Acevedo has now faces harsher charges. “While we knew it was a snowy evening and the defendant was speeding, our investigation has developed additional information concerning the nature of Mr. Acevedo’s conduct leading up to the fatal crash,” said Hynes.
The investigation revealed that Acevedo was traveling 69.1 miles per hour, more than twice the legal speed limit, and that witnesses, including firefighters and another civilian driver, described Acevedo speeding and passing cars recklessly immediately prior to the incident.
As Acevedo passed the fire truck and the civilian car, the witnesses heard Acevedo’s car accelerate and watched the car increase its speed. As Acevedo’s car passed the civilian’s car, it rounded a curve at a high speed and immediately slammed into the car carrying the victims, according to the District Attorney’s Office.