NEW YORK — A premature infant, delivered by emergency room doctors after his parents were killed in a hit-and-run crash in Brooklyn on Sunday, has died, New York City police said.
The parents, Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, of Williamsburg, were making an emergency visit to a hospital at the time of the accident early Sunday.
“This is a tragedy upon tragedy,” a civic leader, Gary Schlesinger, said to reporters at the accident scene in Brooklyn, speaking of the baby’s death. He described himself as a friend of the Glauber family.
Schlesinger said the baby had not been given a name. He will be buried next to the parents, as Nachman and Raizy Glauber’s families mourn the three deaths.
“They’ve been devastated,” he said. Schlesinger, chairman of the Jewish advocacy not-for-profit UJCare, said his group has pledged a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the hit-and-run. Later Monday, two city council members added another $5,000 to the reward.
“The message to the driver is clear,” Schlesinger said. “Turn yourself in so we can have closure to this tragedy.”
The parents were killed when a car smashed into their livery cab in Brooklyn, but their infant son was safely delivered after the crash.
The infant had remained in serious condition at Bellevue Hospital Center as of Sunday night, the NYPD said.
The parents were pronounced dead Sunday at hospitals, police said. They died of blunt-force trauma, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Several elected officials joined rabbis at the accident scene, where police set up an electronic sign asking motorists to call a Crime Stoppers hotline with information on the accident.
State Sen. Eric Adams, of Brooklyn, and Assemb. David Weprin, of Queens, said they would propose changes to state law setting tougher penalties for those who leave the scene of an accident.
Two city council members representing Brooklyn, David G. Greenfield and Stephen Levin, announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case.
Speaking on Sunday, before the boy’s death, Orthodox Jewish community spokesman Isaac Abraham had said, “Family members, relatives, brothers and sisters, community people” planned to raise the child.
Abraham had said, “They will be not only caring for this kid but will make sure there are resources — financial, moral, psychological resources for this child.”
The couple were members of the Satmar sect of Hasidism, Abraham said.
The NYPD Sunday night was searching for the driver of the black BMW who fled the early morning crash. Police have interviewed the person to whom the car was registered but said the woman, who was not identified, had not been at the accident scene. The male driver and a female passenger had run away, police said.
Police said the registered owner of the BMW, Takia Walker, 29 who was not in the car, was charged with insurance fraud on Sunday, according to The Associated Press.
A person familiar with the investigation said Walker bought the car legally, then gave the car to another man, and detectives were looking to talk to him, the AP said. He wasn’t driving at the time of the accident, and had either lent or rented the car out to the driver, the person said. The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the accident and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
The driver of the livery cab, Pedro Nunez, 32, of Brooklyn, was interviewed at Bellevue and has not given a statement, according to the NYPD. He suffered minor injuries, including chest contusions. Nunez was released from the hospital but is in severe pain, said Fernando Mateo of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers.
Police said they did not know whether the couple were wearing seat belts. Raizy Glauber, who was 7 months pregnant, had been thrown from the vehicle, according to police.
She “was not feeling well,” on Saturday so the couple decided to go to the hospital, said Sara Glauber, Nachman Glauber’s cousin. Abraham said the Glaubers used a car service because they didn’t own a car.
A funeral for the couple attracted thousands Sunday to the streets outside Congregation Yetev Lev Bikur Cholim on Rodney Street in Williamsburg. Mourners wailed as two minivans crawled through the crowd and two plain wood coffins shrouded in black were lifted out.
The service, in Yiddish, included comments by Raizy Glauber’s father, mourner Jack Lewin, 26, said at the funeral.
“He said, ‘I just read the blessing for your wedding, and now I’m here at your funeral,’ ” Lewin said.
Another mourner, S. Katz, 25, said he had been at the collision site after the crash. “I saw them doing CPR, trying to stabilize and evaluate the situation,” he said. “It was pretty scary.”
He hadn’t known the couple, but “for all of us, this is our community,” Katz said.
The Glaubers married about a year ago. Raizy Glauber grew up in a prominent Orthodox rabbinical family in Williamsburg, Sara Glauber said.
Nachman Glauber was raised in Monsey, in Rockland County, as part of a family that founded a clothing line for Orthodox Jews. He was studying at a rabbinical college, his cousin said.
A second funeral was held at Congregation Zayoal Moshe Satmar in Monsey, followed by burial at a Satmar cemetery in Kiryas Joel in upstate Orange County.
“It’s a horrible tragedy,” said Esther Herzel of Monsey, a friend of the family. “They are a very large, very close family.”
The crash stirred emotions beyond the Satmar community.
“To lose a husband and wife, newly married, in the prime of life, about to commence the joy of parenthood is just an awful thing to contemplate,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), said at an unrelated news conference in Manhattan Sunday.