A young couple who were on their way to the hospital to have their first baby were killed in a car accident in New York City, but the newborn survived the tragic incident.
According to report in New York Post, the pregnant woman, Raizi Glauber and husband Nachman Glauber, both 21-year-old Orthodox Jews, were travelling in a black 2008 Toyota Camry livery cab headed to Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill when the accident occured. Their vehicle was hit by a 2010 BMW sedan at the intersection of Kent Avenue and Wilson Street, and the male driver and female passenger fled on foot, leaving the car behind.
"I wasn't there when it happened, but I was nearby and when I saw the fire department and Jewish ambulances coming, I ran over," an eyewitness Shulem Amram told VIN News, "The fire department had to cut open the car. They took off the windshield and the roof and took the male out of the car and laid him down. A few seconds later, they noticed the woman lying under the tractor trailer."
Nachman was pronounced 'brought dead' at Beth Israel Hospital, while his wife died at Bellevue Hospital.
"It's a terrible, terrible tragedy. They were going for their first child. There are no words. I don't even know what to say," community leader Rabbi Bernard Freilich said, "They were a very special young couple. They were very nice people, very honored by members of the community. Such young people on their way to have their first baby."
"It hits every house in the community," he added.
Police spokesman Paul Browne said that the accident was still under investigation and onlookers reported the BMW was traveling at a high rate of speed, and the taxi was at a stop sign, Reuters reported.
The funeral was conducted at the main Satmar synagogue in Williamsburg at 152 Rodney Street.