Julio Acevedo was indicted Wednesday on charges of leaving the scene of an accident where death results. It is expected that indictments for criminally negligent homicide and other charges, including speeding and reckless driving, will be coming soon.
Acevedo surrendered to police in Pennsylvania last week and waived extradition before heading back to New York City.
Police say Acevedo was speeding before the crash killed Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21. Their infant son, delivered by emergency C-section after the accident, died the next day. The family was headed into the hospital in a livery cab when Acevedo allegedly plowed into their vehicle.
Acevedo's attorney, Kathleen Julian called the deaths horrendous, but said no crime was committed. "It was an accident. Accidents happen every day," she said.
She said her client always intended to turn himself in.
"He's obviously heartbroken about what happened," Julian said. "He feels terrible for the family."
At the arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Gayle Dampf said two witnesses who have positively identified Acevedo as the motorist who struck the hired car, saw him drive "around a fire truck then accelerate and plow into a car."
"They approached him," Dampf said. "He said he was fine."
Dampf said the witnesses went to check on the victims and then "they then turned around and the defendant was gone."
Acevedo faces a minimum of 15 years to life in prison if convicted on the more serious charges.
(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)