NEW YORK - A young couple expecting their first child who had taken a car service to a hospital were killed en route in a hit and run early Sunday, but their baby boy survived, born prematurely, authorities and a neighbor said.
The driver of a BMW slammed into the car carrying Nathan and Raizy Glauber, both 21, at an intersection in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, said Isaac Abraham, a neighbor of Raizy Glauber's parents who lives two blocks from the scene of the crash. The couple was heading to a hospital for reasons relating to the pregnancy.
Raizy Glauber was thrown from the vehicle, and her body landed under a parked tractor-trailer.
Both of the Glaubers were pronounced dead at hospitals, police said. Their infant son was in serious condition at a hospital, said Abraham, and the driver of their car was in stable condition, police said.
A medical examiner said that the Glaubers died of blunt force trauma.
Both the driver of the vehicle that hit the couple's car and a passenger fled and are being sought, police said.
The Glaubers were Orthodox Jews, and Abraham often speaks publicly for the different sects in the ultra-orthodox community, which has strict rules governing clothing, social customs and interaction with the outside world. Men wear dark clothing that includes a long coat and a fedora-type hat and often have long beards and ear locks.
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 the largest community of ultra-orthodox Jews outside Israel, more than 250,000.