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Hit-and-Run in N.Y.: Crime or Infraction? It Depends

It's been all over the news in New York: A pregnant woman and her husband were killed en route to a hospital to deliver their baby. The baby was then prematurely delivered by Cesarean section but died the next day, CBS News reports.

The alleged culprit: A hit-and-run driver.

Julio Acevedo, 44, was arrested after he surrendered to officers in Pennsylvania. His alleged crime? Leaving the scene of an accident.

In New York, if you're involved in a traffic accident that causes injury to another, you have a legal duty to stay at the scene. You must show your license and insurance card for the vehicle you were driving at the time of the accident.

You must also give your name, residence and insurance information to the parties or officers at the scene.

Basically, the accident must be reported and it must be reported properly.

In New York, if there is a fatality as the result of the hit-and-run, then the act of fleeing the scene could be far more serious than a mere traffic infraction.

In fact, at that level, we're looking at a potential felony hit-and-run. This could come with a hefty fine and possibly even jail time, according to eHow.

It's hard to say what's in store for Acevedo. One problem he could face is his record: He's spent time behind bars for manslaughter, and had recently been arrested for DUI as well.

Julio Acevedo has yet to be charged with any crime related to the deaths of the young couple and their premature baby. He is awaiting extradition to New York. Once he gets to New York, he will likely be charged, ABC News reports.

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