The ‘miracle’ has turned to more tragedy.
A newborn baby who was delivered by emergency C-section after his parents were killed in a car accident on their way to the hospital has died, a New York police spokesman said.
The baby boy died from injuries overnight at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, the spokesman said. His parents, Raizy and Nachman Glauber, were 21-year-old Orthodox Jews from a close-knit Satmar Hasidic enclave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The baby had been in intensive care since his emergency delivery and had been expected to survive. But he died early Monday, community spokesman Isaac Abraham told the Daily News.
Family friends told local media that Raizy Glauber was about six months pregnant and had wanted to go to the hospital because she was not feeling well.
Abraham said the newborn weighed only three pounds. He was delivered by cesarean section.
A funeral for the baby’s parents was held on Sunday in Brooklyn, where mourners overflowed the synagogue and poured onto the surrounding streets. Pallbearers carried the pair of caskets, draped in black velvet.
“First, it’s like you are hit in the gut,” said Abraham. “Now you are hit in the face.”
Abraham said the newborn’s body is expected to be named, circumcised and buried with the parents.
Raizy Glauber’s parents live in Williamsburg, and Nachman Glauber’s parents live in Monsey, New York, home to a large community of Orthodox Jews.
“Had it not been for this coward who caused this accident and ran off, the baby would have been in the mother’s womb and lived,” he said. “It’s the prosecution’s obligation to charge these cowards with triple homicide.”
“We in the community are going to demand that the prosecution charge these cowards with triple homicide, and nothing less,” Abraham told the News.
The baby is expected to be buried Monday in the upstate New York town of Kiryas Joel, where his parents were laid to rest a day earlier, the Vos Iz Neias web site reported.
Meanwhile, police continued their search for the hit-and-run driver of a BMW and a passenger who fled the midnight Sunday accident.
Police say their vehicle, a gray BMW sedan, struck the side of the taxi that was taking the couple to the hospital. The pair fled on foot, leaving the car behind.
Witnesses reported the BMW traveling at a high rate of speed, and the taxi was at a stop sign, police said.
Police charged the owner of the car, a Bronx woman, with fraud after determining that she allowed another person to use the car while putting her name on the paperwork.
The driver of the livery cab that the Glaubers were riding in told police he doesn’t remember anything about the crash, including whether he stopped at a stop sign before crossing busy Kent Ave., where the speeding car slammed into his cab.