NYC Hit-Run Suspect Killed the 'Original 50 Cent'
Julio Acevedo was arrested for drunk driving 2 weeks before crash
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2013 4:02 AM CST
Updated Mar 5, 2013 7:50 AM CST
Orthodox Jewish mourners gather outside the a synagogue in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood for the funeral of Nachman and Raizy Glauber.   (AP Photo/, Eli Wohl)

(Newser) – Police in New York City are hunting the man who was behind the wheel of a BMW when it slammed into a cab early Sunday morning, killing a pregnant woman and her husband on their way to the hospital. Julio Acevedo, 44, has a long criminal record and spent eight years in prison for the 1987 shooting death of the "original 50 Cent," a known Brooklyn criminal named Kelvin Martin who inspired the rapper of the same name, reports the New York Post. Acevedo was arrested for drunk driving just two weeks before the crash that killed Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21. Doctors were able to deliver the child Raizy was seven months pregnant with, but the baby boy died the next morning.

A friend of Acevedo's from prison says the fugitive has called him seeking guidance at least four times since the crash, the New York Times reports. "He has remorse," the friend says. "He wants to turn himself in." The friend says Acevedo has told him he was speeding at the time of the crash—the Post says he was going at least 60mph—because he had been shot at a short time earlier. Police have been unable to confirm the claim. The baby was buried near his parents yesterday, a spokesman for the Glaubers' Hasidic Jewish community tells the AP. The community is demanding that the driver be charged with triple homicide, he says. "This coward left the scene of the accident not even bothering to check on the people of the other car."

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Mar 5, 2013 9:37 PM CST
but what a community response! I can not get my neighbour to remember to return my tools and collect his six cats from my property. I hope that these ;people are not a total exlusivists ,we need some more Americans not just minorities - any.
Mar 5, 2013 8:06 PM CST
I liked the original 50 cent piece of 1796. It's worth about $50,000 in fine condition. Did Acevedo have to provide restitution?
Mar 5, 2013 4:06 PM CST
Its a common ploy in DUI crashes. It only effectively works in non-injury, one car crashes. You leave the scene for at least 2 hours and return. Police can't do any chems on you. In a non-injury crash, they can get you for leaving the scene, but that's often a lesser sentence than DUI. But that's what drunks are thinking at the time. Add an injury, and it switches to a class I felony for leaving the scene. Add death, and now the attorney will be doing his/her level best to convince a jury that his state of mind was what caused him to run and he's basically a good guy that they should let walk with a cake and a party in the court house lobby.