NEW YORK — The man suspected of fleeing the scene of a devastating car crash that claimed the lives of a young Brooklyn couple and their prematurely born son was still being sought by the police Tuesday night, as his stated intention to turn himself in went unfulfilled.
The man, Julio Acevedo, 44, is believed to have been behind the wheel of a 2010 BMW when it slammed into the driver’s side of a livery cab carrying the couple, Raizy and Nathan Glauber, early Sunday. The driver left the scene of the accident.
Acevedo served time for a 1987 killing and was awaiting a court date on a drunken-driving charge.
In the days that followed, Acevedo spoke several times with a friend he had met in prison, saying he planned to surrender to the police. The friend, Derrick Hamilton, said Acevedo had expressed remorse for his actions but feared going to back to prison.
He told Hamilton that he ‘‘just took the car out for a ride; it was a hot BMW.’’ He also said he was being shot at and had exceeded the speed limit to evade an assailant.
On Tuesday, reporters from The Daily News and WABC-TV said they had spoken by phone to Acevedo in conversations arranged by Hamilton. Acevedo repeated to them his intention of surrendering and his explanation for the crash.
Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman, said the BMW, owned by a Bronx woman, was traveling ‘‘at least 60 miles per hour’’ on Kent Avenue when it struck the cab at the intersection of Wilson Street.