The baby boy delivered after his parents were killed in a hit-and-run car crash in New York has died, a family spokesman said Monday. The newborn’s parents, Raizy and Nachman Glauber, both 22, were on their way to the hospital to have the baby when the car they were riding in crashed into a BMW at an intersection in Brooklyn.
Doctors performed an emergency cesarean section at the site of the crash early Sunday, then transported the infant to a hospital where he had been in serious condition until he died today.
The driver of the BMW, who crashed into the car transporting the parents to the hospital, fled the scene and has not been found. However, police have identified the owner of the car as Takia Walker. According to NBC New York, Walker was arrested Monday and charged with insurance fraud for allowing someone who was not on the insurance policy to drive the car.
The parents were using a car service to drive them to the hospital at the time of the accident. The car-service driver, Pedro Nuñez Delacruz, was taken to the hospital and released. Delacruz had a pending application to use the car as a service, but should not have been picking up passengers, according to the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission.
The couple lived in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, where the young mother grew up in a prominent rabbinical family, a relative told NBC New York.
Neighbors in the Orthodox Jewish community told The New York Times that the couple were part of the Satmar Hasidic sect and had been paired by a matchmaker before marrying about a year ago. “They were a special couple,” said a neighbor who lived two blocks from the accident, and saw them out walking almost every day.