Funerals held for expectant parents killed in NYC crash, baby survives
In New York City, a couple expecting their 1st child was killed in a crash, but their baby survived.
A family member says a pregnant Raizy Glauber wasn't feeling well & decided to go to the hospital with her husband of a year, Nachman.
The 21-year-olds grabbed a ride from a car service early Sunday morning. Along the way, a BMW slammed into their car. The driver & a passenger in the BMW took off running from the scene. Police have yet to track them down.
Raizy's body was thrown from the cab, landing under a parked tractor-trailer. Nachman was pinned in the car & emergency workers had to cut off the roof to get him out.
Both were pronounced dead in hospital. Doctors were able to deliver their premature baby boy, though he's said to be in serious condition.
Jewish law calls for burial of the dead as soon as possible. Just hours after their deaths, the Glaubers were mourned at a funeral Sunday afternoon.
Dozens gathered on the street outside a synagogue, men in hats & women in shawls or head coverings, nearly everyone in black. The sound of wailing filled the street as the 2 black-draped coffins were carried past the mourners.
Afterward, the cars carrying the bodies headed to Monsey, where another service was planned in Nachman Glauber's hometown.
"You don't meet anyone better than him", said his cousin. "He was always doing favours for everyone...He was the sweetest, most charming human being, always with a smile on his face.''
She added that, of him & his bride, "if one had to go, the other had to go too because they really were one soul."
The Glaubers had begun a life together in Williamsburg, where Raizy Glauber grew up in a prominent Satmar Orthodox Jewish rabbinical family.
Nachman Glauber grew up north of the Big Apple on Monsey, NY as part of a family that founded a line of clothing for Orthodox Jews. He was studying at a rabbinical college nearby.
Isaac Abraham, a spokesman for Brooklyn's Orthodox community says the Glaubers' son may be an orphan, but the boy will be cared for by his grandparents & by the entire community.
(With files from the Associated Press)