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Suspect in Hit-and-Run That Killed Parents, Baby, Has Recent DWI Arrest

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Julio Acevedo, the suspect identified Monday in a hit-and-run accident that killed a young couple and their baby was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated just last month, according to New York Police Department investigators.

The parents were killed in the Sunday morning crash, and the unborn baby, who was delivered by surgery in an attempt to save its life, died last night.

Acevedo, 44, is still at large, the New York Police Department reports. Cops say he was driving the BMW that smashed into a livery cab carrying the expectant parents to the hospital early Sunday. When they traced his identity, they said they found he also served 10 years in prison on a 1989 manslaughter conviction.


Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, were killed early Sunday morning in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a tight-knit neighborhood made up largely of Orthodox Jews. Emergency workers at the scene of the accident managed to rush Raizy Glauber to a nearby hospital where doctors performed a Cesarean section to deliver the baby, according to WABC-TV.

Isaac Abraham, a community leader in Brooklyn and a neighbor of the dead couple, confirmed the death of the baby Monday morning. The baby died from injuries overnight at New York's Bellevue Hospital. The baby, who weighed about three pounds, sustained brain and other internal injuries, Abraham said.

Police are searching for Acevedo, the suspected driver of the BMW, and a female passenger; they both fled on foot after the accident.

Meanwhile, police have charged a woman who had co-signed the vehicle's lease with insurance fraud.

The woman has been charged with allowing a third party to use the vehicle without notifying the insurance company.

Glauber, who was six months pregnant with the couple's first child, was not feeling well Saturday night. Her husband called a car service and they were en route to the hospital when the accident occurred after midnight Sunday morning.

The engine of the livery car ended up in the backseat, where the pregnant woman was sitting before the crash, Abraham told WABC-TV. Abraham said he lives two blocks from where the crash happened.

The driver of the livery cab, Pedro Nunez Delacruz, was also taken to the hospital and was released after being treated for minor injuries.

"I feel very sorry for that beautiful family," Delacruz told WABC-TV.

Jewish law calls for burial of the dead as soon as possible, and hours after their deaths, the Glaubers were mourned by at least 1,000 people, many with anger toward the two people in the BMW.

"Give yourself up. Make the pain a little easier, and at least we'll know you're not a coward," Abraham said.

A succession of men and women delivered eulogies in Yiddish, sobbing as they spoke into a microphone about the young couple.

"I will never forget you, my daughter," said Yitzchok Silberstein, Raizy Glauber's father, according to WABC.

The Glaubers were married about a year ago, according to friends and family.

"Just two amazing people, two lovely people," Nachman Glauber's cousin Sarah Gluck told WABC. "We lost two lovely people."

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Dallas Cowboys Player Kills Teammate in DWI Accident

Irving Police Department(DALLAS) -- Josh Price-Brent, a 24-year-old defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys, is charged with intoxication manslaughter after a single-vehicle accident that killed 25-year-old line backer Jerry Brown Jr., according to the Irving Police Department.

Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said the accident occurred around 2:21 a.m. on Saturday in the Dallas suburb, and Price-Brent was speeding when the vehicle hit a curb and flipped over.

Officers arrived on the scene and identified Price-Brent as the driver. The passenger, Brown Jr., was transported to a local hospital and was later pronounced deceased.

Police believe Price-Brent may have been intoxicated after giving him a sobriety test and are testing Price-Brent's blood samples for confirmation.

Price-Brent is being held at Irving City Jail.

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'Doctor of the Year' Arrested on DUI Charges After Crash

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WELLESLEY, Mass.) -- A prominent emergency room doctor is facing driving under the influence charges after police say she sped through a Whole Foods parking lot and slammed into another car, sending one man to the Wellesley, Mass., emergency room where she works.

Police say Dr. Kristin Howard, 56, was behind the wheel Friday morning when they found class C and E controlled substances in her possession -- prescriptions that she allegedly wrote herself.  On Tuesday, Howard pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including driving under the influence and drug violations.

The man who was hit, 78-year-old Paul McDonald, was taken to Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where Howard works. McDonald suffered two cracked ribs and a hematoma on his leg.

Howard was named Doctor of the Year in 2009, according to her lawyer. 

"I got hammered, and I thought it was the end of the world.  I thought a bomb went off inside the car," McDonald told ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV.  "The next day I thought I was in a street fight."

Video from a traffic light shows Howard's Subaru Outback barrel out of the Whole Foods grocery store parking lot shortly after 8:45 a.m.  The car traveled over the median, going airborne before crashing into the road striking McDonald's Mercury Marquis, which then slammed into a truck in the other lane.

Police say that when they stopped Howard she was still wearing scrubs and told them she was on her way to the hospital.  She then changed her story and told police she was heading home.  That's when police found the prescription drugs.

"Prescribed from Dr. Howard to Kristin Howard, which certainly raises some flags, your honor," prosecutor Matt Friedel said in court.

Massachusetts law forbids doctors from self-prescribing medication.  Howard's attorney told a judge that his client has been struggling with personal issues.

"She has a reputation for trying to save lives.  And was given the award of Doctor of the Year at Newton-Wellesley in 2009," defense attorney Katherine Hatch said.

Howard was released on her own recognizance Tuesday, but has been relieved of hospital duties.  She's been ordered to stay sober and will return to court Jan. 7.

As for McDonald, he's healing from his injuries and holds no grudge against Howard.

"Poor woman's probably got more problems than I'll ever have, so let it go with that," McDonald said.

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Kerry Kennedy Charged With Driving While Impaired After Crash

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kerry Kennedy, the ex-wife of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was arrested and charged with driving while impaired after she collided with a tractor trailer and left the scene of the accident, police said.

Police later found Kennedy, who is the daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, parked off an interstate north of New York City and passed out behind the wheel of her Lexus on Friday.

ABC News has learned that Kennedy told police she had been taking Ambien sometime that morning. But in a statement released by her family to ABC News, they said there were no drugs involved.

“Kerry Kennedy voluntarily took breathalyzer, blood and urine tests – all of which showed no drugs or alcohol whatsoever in her system.  The charges were filed before the test results were available,” the Kennedy family said in a statement released to ABC News.

Kennedy has no known history of substance abuse, however many of her siblings have battled alcohol and drug issues. In May 2006, her cousin, former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy crashed into a barrier near Capitol Hill, saying he had been disoriented after taking Ambien.

It has been a difficult few months for Kerry Kennedy. In May, her sister-in-law and best friend, Mary Richardson Kennedy, hanged herself in her Bedford, N.Y. home.

“She was an angel who was brought to us to live with us here on earth and I think that God just brought her back up to heaven and said ‘you don’t have to fight for us anymore,’” Kerry Kennedy said of her friend.

Kennedy lives in Bedford, N.Y. and is the president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

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Drunk Driver Made to Wear Sign Saying He Killed a Man

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOUSTON, Texas) -- A  man from Houston who killed a man while driving drunk has been ordered to wear a sign saying, “I killed Aaron Coy Pennywell while driving drunk.”

Michael Giacona, 39, ran a red light  and hit 20-year-old Pennywell last June.

Giacona spent 90 days in prison, but in addition to the prison sentence, Harris County Court-at-Law Judge Michael R. Fields ordered Giacona to wear the sign during four consecutive Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the scene of the crime.

Giacona must also wear an alcohol monitoring device on his ankle, and prominently display a framed photograph of Pennywell’s destroyed car in his living room, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Saturday was the first day that Giacona had to stand on the corner of the crash site, wearing the sign.

“It’s sad to see him in disguise and a hat and sunglasses just standing there with his family while we’re sitting here and don’t have Aaron here,” said one of Pennywell’s friends, who was standing across the street from the site Saturday.

“For killing one of my best friends I don’t think it’s like enough. Going to jail only 90 days and then you come out here and carry a sign for four consecutive Saturdays, it’s not enough for taking someone’s life,” the friend added.

“Mr. Giacona, I have considered what the witnesses had to say,” Fields said, according to an April 3 court transcript of the sentencing obtained by the Houston Chronicle. “I have looked at the state’s exhibits and, and quite frankly, I am concerned about you and this decision to place you on shock probation.

“You make me nervous, and the reason you make me nervous is I believe what the witnesses said about your behavior that evening: That you were, even after killing someone, still looking to get more alcohol. This is not your  first DWI,” Fields stated.

The accident occurred at at 1:37 a.m. on June 25, 2011. Pennywell was thrown from his car. When paramedics arrived at the scene, Pennywell was already dead, according to a statement released by the Harris County Sherriff’s Office.

“The defendant had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. The defendant failed a sobriety test and was arrested for Driving while Intoxicated,” the statement read.

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FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt Arrested on DWI

City of Fairfax Police(FAIRFAX, Va.) -- Randy Babbitt, the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, was arrested Saturday on charges of driving while intoxicated, after a patrol officer in Fairfax, Va., noticed a car "driving on the wrong side of the road,” police said Monday.

A police press release read: "After it was determined that he was under the influence of alcohol, Babbitt was transported to the Adult Detention Center where a magistrate issued a warrant for driving while intoxicated. He was placed on a personal recognizance bond...Babbitt was the sole occupant of his vehicle, which was not involved in a crash with any other object. He cooperated fully with the arresting officer," the announcement read.

Babbitt has been placed on a leave of absence, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday upon learning of the FAA administrator’s arrest.

“Administrator Babbitt has requested, effective immediately, to take a leave of absence from the FAA,” the agency said in a statement.  “That request has been granted and Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta will serve as acting administrator.  DOT officials are in discussions with legal counsel about Administrator Babbitt’s employment status.”

Babbitt was named administrator of the FAA in 2009.

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