'They really were one soul': Funeral held for crash couple whose unborn baby survived
A pregnant woman and her husband en route to a hospital were killed in a hit-and-run car crash in Brooklyn early Sunday, but the baby survived.
Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, were driving in a livery cab when a gray BMW sedan crashed into the side of the cab at the intersection of Wilson Street and Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, police said.
A male driver and another passenger in the BMW then fled the scene of the accident on foot.
Raizy Glauber was thrown from the car and her body landed under a parked tractor-trailer, said witnesses who came to the scene after the crash. Nachman Glauber was pinned in the car, and emergency workers had to cut off the roof to get him out, witnesses said.
Nachman Glauber was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Hospital, while his wife died at Bellevue, police said. The couple's premature son was delivered at the hospital and was in serious condition.
"The baby has no worry at all about being well raised and well taken care of," said community activist Isaac Abraham, a neighbor of Raizy Glauber's parents.
"There's going to be such community outreach from psychological to moral to financial assistance, that's the least worry, the child should just make it."
Police are continuing to search for the occupants of the BMW. No arrests have been made yet.The driver of the livery cab was also taken Beth Israel Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition, 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.
Hundreds gathered in Williamsburg Sunday afternoon at a funeral for the Glaubers, both Orthodox Jews. Jewish law calls for burial of the dead as soon as possible.
The Glaubers were married about a year ago and had begun a life together in Williamsburg, where Raizy Glauber grew up in a prominent 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.
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Members of the Satmar Orthodox Jewish community carry the caskets of the two expectant parents who were killed in a car accident, March 3, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. A driver struck the car the couple were riding in early Sunday morning, killing both parents while their baby, who was born prematurely, survived and is in critical condition.
"You don't meet anyone better than him," she said. "He was always doing favors for everyone."
She added that, of him and his bride, "if one had to go, the other had to go too because they really were one soul."
During the funeral, the sound of wailing filled the air as two coffins covered in black velvet with a silver trim were carried from a vehicle.
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.
Afterward, the cars carrying the bodies left and headed to Monsey, where another service was planned in Nachman Glauber's hometown.