(NEW YORK) — The premature baby who initially survived after its parents were struck by a car and killed while they were on their way to a New York hospital has died, a family neighbor said.
Isaac Abraham, a community leader in Brooklyn and a neighbor of the dead couple, confirmed the death of the baby Monday morning. The baby died from injuries overnight at New York’s Bellevue Hospital. The baby, who was about 3 pounds, sustained brain and other internal injuries, Abraham said.
Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, were killed early Sunday morning in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a tight-knit neighborhood made up of primarily Orthodox Jews. Police say the two victims were traveling in a livery cab, when that vehicle was hit by a BMW.
Investigators say Raizy Glauber was thrown from the vehicle, landing under a nearby tractor trailer. Her husband, Nachman, was pinned in the cab, and crews had to cut the vehicle to get him out. Both victims were later pronounced dead.
Emergency workers at the scene of the accident managed to rush Raizy Glauber to a nearby hospital where doctors performed a Cesarean section to deliver the baby, a boy, according to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV.
Police are searching for the driver of the BMW and a female passenger, who fled on foot after the accident. Police say they believe they know the identity of the driver, but have not been able to locate the person. Detectives are showing his photo to possible witnesses, WABC reported.
Police have charged a woman who had co-signed the vehicle’s lease with insurance fraud. The woman has been charged with allowing a third party to use the vehicle without notifying the insurance company.
Raizy Glauber, who was six months pregnant with the couple’s first child, was not feeling well Saturday night. Her husband called a car service and they were en route to the hospital when the accident occurred after midnight Sunday morning.
The engine of the livery car ended up in the backseat, where the pregnant woman was sitting before she was ejected, Abraham told WABC.
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, many with anger toward the two people in the BMW.
“Give yourself up. Make the pain a little easier, and at least we’ll know you’re not a coward,” Abraham said.
A succession of men and women delivered eulogies in Yiddish, sobbing as they spoke into a microphone about the young couple.
“I will never forget you, my daughter,” said Yitzchok Silberstein, Raizy Glauber’s father, according to WABC.
The Glaubers were married about a year ago, according to friends and family.
“Just two amazing people, two lovely people,” Nachman Glauber’s cousin Sarah Gluck told WABC. “We lost two lovely people.”
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