In this photo provided by VosIzNeias.com, first responders work at the scene shortly after a car accident in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood took the lives of Nachman Glauber and Raizy Glauber.(Photo: Eli Wohl AP)
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- A young couple rushing from their Brooklyn, N.Y., home to a hospital to deliver their first child were killed in a car crash early Sunday -- but their newborn boy survived.
Nathan and Raizy Glauber, both 21, were using a car service to go to the hospital when a BMW crashed into theirs at an intersection in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, said Hasidic community activist Isaac Abraham.
Nathan Glauber was pronounced dead at a Manhattan hospital, while his wife died at another Manhattan hospital, police said. Raizy Glauber was thrown from the car and her body landed under a parked tractor-trailer, said witnesses who came to the scene after the crash. She and her husband died of blunt-force trauma, the medical examiner said.
The Hasidic couple's son was delivered at the scene and was taken to a hospital in serious condition, said Abraham, who is also a neighbor of Raizy Glauber's parents and lives two blocks from the scene of the crash.
A funeral for Nathan Glauber, who grew up in Monsey, N.Y., and has family there and in Ramapo, N.Y., was set for Sunday afternoon, after an earlier funeral in Brooklyn for his wife, community members said.
The driver and passenger from the BMW fled and were being sought, police said.
The condition of the car service's driver is unclear, police said.
Abraham at first said the couple were going to the hospital for the child's birth, but he later said it wasn't clear why the Glaubers were headed there. He said members of the community who called the car service were told that the destination was a hospital.
"This is a devastating tragedy to all of us," said Ramapo Councilman Daniel Friedman, speaking by phone Sunday. "This is a place where their family had roots for a long time."
Friedman said the couple's sudden and seemingly inexplicable death shocked many in the Orthodox community.
"I think we're all mourning the loss of two young, happy people who had their entire lives ahead of them," he added. "We pray now for their son, who still does."
Abraham called the couple's death "a tragedy beyond (belief) just coming off a joyous holiday as Purim" as they were getting ready to welcome their first child.
Brooklyn is home to one of the largest communities of Orthodox Jews outside Israel.
Contributing: The Associated Press