NEW YORK -- A baby delivered by emergency Cesarean section died Monday morning after both parents, members of an Orthodox Jewish community, were killed in a hit-and-run accident over the weekend.
The New York Police Department announced the baby’s death and said investigators were still seeking the driver and passenger of the other car.
“The baby died at 4:56 a.m.” on Monday, Sgt. Lee Jones, a police spokesman, told the Los Angeles Times. “Investigators are still seeking the occupants of the other car,” he said.
On Saturday, Raizy Glauber, who was about seven months pregnant, asked to go to the hospital because she wasn’t feeling well. Her husband, Nathan, contacted a livery cab to take them because they didn’t own a car.
As the taxi took the couple through Brooklyn during the early hours of Sunday, a BMW crashed into their vehicle in the Williamsburg section of the borough, according to police.
The driver and at least one passenger of the BMW fled the scene.
Nathan Glauber, who was pinned in the car, died immediately. Raizy Glauber was ejected from the vehicle on impact. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The premature baby was delivered by emergency C-section Sunday and was listed in critical condition for hours before dying, officials said.
The death of the couple, each 21 years old, shocked the tight-knit Orthodox community. Hundreds of people filled the streets of the couple’s Brooklyn neighborhood on Sunday as two coffins draped in black velvet were carried through the crowd into a synagogue for the funerals.
“I can’t get over it,” a relative of Nathan’s, Sarah Gluck, told The Times on Sunday through tears as the sound of crying and wailing floated through the cold morning air.
“We just lost a beautiful couple,” said Miriam Stern, who knew the family. “Two wonderful people, always with a smile on their face, always trying to help.”
Relatives, friends and neighbors have offered a $1,000 reward to help find the driver of the BMW.
The 32-year-old cab driver, Pedro Nuniz, suffered relatively minor injuries and was released from a hospital Sunday.