Doctors say a baby boy delivered two months premature after the vehicle his parents were traveling in on their way to the hospital was struck by a hit-and-run driver has lost his own struggle to survive.
A baby boy delivered after a hit-and-run car crash in New York that killed both his parents has died, a family spokesman said Monday.
Doctors performed an emergency cesarean section at the site of the crash early Sunday in Brooklyn to save the boy’s life. His parents were using a car service to go to the hospital when their vehicle crashed into a BMW at an intersection.
The driver of the other car fled and has not been found. The owner of that car, identified by police as Takia Walker of the Bronx, was arrested Monday on insurance fraud charges, accused of allowing someone not on the insurance policy to drive the car, NBC New York reported.
Isaac Abraham, who serves as a spokesman for the family’s Orthodox Jewish community, said that the baby would be buried upstate after his body was released by the hospital. He demanded triple-homicide charges for the driver of the BMW.
“This coward left the scene of the accident not even bothering to check on the people of the other car,” he said, according to The Associated Press.
Both of the boy’s parents were 21. The mother, Raizy Glauber, was thrown from the car and landed under a parked tractor-trailer, witnesses said. The father, Nachman Glauber, was pinned in the car, and emergency workers cut open the roof to get to him.
Both died at nearby hospitals.
The mother was 24 weeks pregnant and was rushing to the hospital because she could no longer feel the baby, a relative told The New York Times. After the emergency delivery, the baby was taken to a hospital and had been in serious condition.
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Members of the Satmar Orthodox Jewish community carry caskets Sunday to the funeral of two expectant parents who were killed in a car accident in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The car-service driver, identified by The Times as Pedro Nuñez Delacruz, was taken to the hospital and released.
Delacruz had a pending application to use the car as a service, known in New York as a livery cab, and should not have been picking up passengers, the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission told The Times.
The couple had been married about a year and had started a life in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, where the young mother grew up in a prominent rabbinical family, a relative told NBC New York.
In Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon, hundreds of mourners surrounded two coffins covered in black velvet. Jewish law calls for burying the dead as soon as possible.
This story was originally published on Mon Mar 4, 2013 8:59 AM EST