Early Sunday morning, a young man and his pregnant wife were killed in a hit-and-run car accident in Brooklyn. The couple, Nachman and Raizel Glauber, both 21, were rushing to the hospital in the back seat of a livery cab after Raizel, who was seven months pregnant, complained of pains. At an intersection in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a gray BMW collided with the livery cab, ejecting the pregnant Raizel into the street and trapping Nachman inside the car, where first responders used metal cutters to remove him. Nachman was later pronounced dead at Beth Israel Hospital; Raizel was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where doctors performed an emergency C-section before she died. The couple's baby, a boy, is in serious condition at Bellevue and is expected to survive. Update: According to a community spokesman, the baby has died.
The driver of the livery cab, Pedro Nunez Delacruz, was also taken to Bellevue and is listed in serious condition. Police are still looking for the BMW's driver and passenger, who fled the scene of the accident on foot.
The victims were part of Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish community. Hundreds of Orthodox Jews gathered Sunday afternoon for the couple's funeral (a scene captured in this amazing photo in the New York Times). Isaac Abraham, a friend of the couple, said the tight-knit communty was rallying to support the family and ensure the baby's health. "Most of the resources are going to the child to make sure he gets all the medical attention he needs," Mr. Abraham told the Times.