NEW YORK — An ailing pregnant woman and her husband were killed Sunday on the way to the hospital in a hit-and-run accident, but their baby boy was born prematurely and survived, authorities and a relative said.
The driver of a BMW slammed into the car carrying Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, at an intersection in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, said Isaac Abraham, a neighbor of Raizy Glauber’s parents.
Raizy Glauber was thrown from the car and her body landed under a parked tractor-trailer, said witnesses. Nachman Glauber was pinned in the car, and emergency workers had to cut off the roof to extract him, witnesses said.
Both died of blunt-force trauma, the medical examiner said. Their son was in serious condition, Abraham said.
The Glaubers’ livery cab driver was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and was released. Both the driver of the BMW and a passenger fled and were being sought, police said.
On Saturday, Raizy Glauber “was not feeling well, so they decided to go” to the hospital, said Sara Glauber, Nachman Glauber’s cousin. Abraham said the Glaubers called a car service because they didn’t own a car.
The Glaubers were married about a year ago and had begun a life together in Williamsburg, where Raizy Glauber grew up in a prominent Orthodox Jewish rabbinical family, Sara Glauber said.
Raised north of New York City in Monsey, N.Y., and part of a family that founded a line of clothing for Orthodox Jews, Nachman Glauber was studying at a rabbinical college nearby, said his cousin.
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 at a funeral outside the Congregation Yetev Lev D’Satmar synagogue.
The sound of wailing filled the air as two coffins covered in black velvet with a silver trim were carried from a vehicle.