Expectant parents on their way to a hospital last night were killed in a car accident, but the baby miraculously survived.
Nachman and Raizel Glauber, both 21, were riding in the back of a Toyota Camry cab in Brooklyn when a BMW that was reportedly speeding slammed into the couple around 12:30 a.m. The impact ejected Raizel from the cab, her body coming to rest underneath a parked tractor trailer.
Emergency crews that responded to the accident had to cut off the roof to extract Nachman from the cab and rushed a seven-month pregnant Raizel to Bellevue hospital where a baby boy was delivered via c-section. Both Nachman, who was taken to Beth Israel hospital, and Raizel died at the hospital, but the baby is in stable condition and is expected to live. The cause of death for the Glaubers was blunt-force trauma, the medical examiner determined.
It was unclear why the couple was en route to the hospital to begin with, but Isaac Abraham, a neighbor of Raizel Glauber's parents, said the couple was headed there to give birth. However, the police have said that the couple was rushing to Long Island College Hospital because Raizel was experiencing pains.
Abraham said the car service was called for the couple, who did not own a car, by members of the Orthodox Jewish community.
“[This is] a tragedy beyond (belief) just coming off a joyous holiday as Purim,” Abraham said.
The cab driver was also taken to the hospital and is in stable condition, but both the driver and passenger of the BMW fled on foot and have not been found. The owner of the BMW was questioned after the accident, but investigators do not believe he was in the car.
The baby will be named after his father.
“He had a golden heart,” one of Nachman’s classmates said. “Every day he came in with a smile.”