A young couple expecting their first child and heading to the hospital were killed when a car smashed into their livery cab in Brooklyn early Sunday, but their infant son was safely delivered after the crash.
Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, of Williamsburg, were pronounced dead at hospitals, police said. They died of blunt-force trauma, according to the medical examiner's office.
The infant remained in serious condition at Bellevue Hospital Sunday night, the NYPD said.
"Family members, relatives, brothers and sisters, community people" will raise the child, said Isaac Abraham, a community leader of Williamsburg's Orthodox Jewish community. "They will be not only caring for this kid but will make sure there are resources -- financial, moral, psychological resources for this child."
The couple were members of the Satmar sect of Hasidism, Abraham said.
The NYPD Sunday night was searching for the driver of the black BMW who fled the 1:30 a.m. crash. Police have interviewed the person to whom the car was registered but said the woman, who was not identified, had not been at the accident scene. The male driver and a female passenger had run away, police said.
The driver of the livery cab, Pedro Nunez, 32, of Brooklyn, was interviewed at Bellevue and has not given a statement, according to the NYPD. He suffered minor injuries, including chest contusions. Nunez was released from the hospital but is in severe pain, said Fernando Mateo of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers.
Police said they did not know whether the couple were wearing seat belts. Raizy Glauber, who was 7 months pregnant, had been thrown from the vehicle, according to police.
She "was not feeling well," on Saturday so the couple decided to go to the hospital, said Sara Glauber, Nachman Glauber's cousin. Abraham said the Glaubers used a car service because they didn't own a car.
A funeral for the couple attracted thousands Sunday to the streets outside Congregation Yetev Lev Bikur Cholim on Rodney Street in Williamsburg. Mourners wailed as two minivans crawled through the crowd and two plain wood coffins shrouded in black were lifted out.
The service, in Yiddish, included comments by Raizy Glauber's father, mourner Jack Lewin, 26, said at the funeral.
"He said, 'I just read the blessing for your wedding, and now I'm here at your funeral,' " Lewin said.
Another mourner, S. Katz, 25, said he had been at the collision site after the crash. "I saw them doing CPR, trying to stabilize and evaluate the situation," he said. "It was pretty scary."
He hadn't known the couple, but "for all of us, this is our community," Katz said.
The Glaubers married about a year ago. Raizy Glauber grew up in a prominent Orthodox rabbinical family in Williamsburg, Sara Glauber said.
Nachman Glauber was raised in Monsey, in Rockland County, as part of a family that founded a clothing line for Orthodox Jews. He was studying at a rabbinical college, his cousin said.
"It's a horrible tragedy," said Esther Herzel of Monsey, a friend of the family. "They are a very large, very close family."
The crash stirred emotions beyond the Satmar community.
"To lose a husband and wife, newly married, in the prime of life, about to commence the joy of parenthood is just an awful thing to contemplate," Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), said at an unrelated news conference in Manhattan Sunday.
With Ken Schachter and AP