In a story of heartbreak, a glimmer of hope, and then the ultimate grief, Nathan and Raizy Glauber were killed when a vehicle crashed into the side of the car the couple had hired to take them to the hospital to for a pregnancy check-up. The Glaubers, Orthodox Jews from the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, both died immediately following the accident. Their son was delivered by Cesarean section, spent the night in serious condition at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan, but died early Monday morning, as The Associated Press reports:
Isaac Abraham, who serves as a spokesman for the family's Orthodox Jewish community, said the child died around 5:30 a.m.
Police were searching for the driver of a BMW and a passenger who fled on foot after slamming into a livery cab, killing the young pregnant woman and her husband.
''This guy's a coward and he should pay his price,'' said Abraham, adding that the community wants a homicide prosecution.
Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, were looking forward to welcoming their first child into their tight-knit community of Orthodox Jews.
The horrific crash happened in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn as the couple headed to a hospital.
The engine of the livery car ended up in the backseat, where Raizy Glauber, who was seven months pregnant, was sitting before she was ejected, Abraham said. Her body landed under a parked tractor-trailer, said witnesses who raced to the scene after the crash. Nachman Glauber was pinned in the car, and emergency workers had to cut off the roof to get him out, witnesses said.
The Glaubers both were pronounced dead at hospitals, and the medical examiner said they died of blunt-force trauma. Doctors had delivered the baby by cesarean section.
Neighbors and friends said the boy weighed only about 4 pounds. The Glaubers' livery cab driver was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and was later released. Both the driver of the BMW and a passenger fled and were being sought, police said.