Couple Killed on Way to Deliver Baby
I remember, with great clarity, rushing to the hospital in Luverne, Mn. as my wife was ready to give birth to our first child. Having your first baby should be one of the happiest times of your life. The news of these two young parents being killed on the way to give birth to there first child is just so unbelievably sad. This is the story according to USA Today:
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 another vehicle crashed into theirs at an intersection in 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.
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 vehicle that hit the couple's car fled, police said. No arrests have been made.
The condition of the car service's driver is unclear, police said.
"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.