Even out of tragedy comes miracles.
In a case that the New York tabloids were all over, two expectant parents — Raizy and Nathan Glauber, both 21 — were killed shortly after midnight Sunday when their livery cab was hit by a car broadside, according to The New York Times.
But doctors managed to deliver the Glaubers’ baby boy, a premature birth at 24 weeks pregnant. According to The Times, the couple was was rushing to see a doctor late at night “because she could no longer feel the baby.”
The accident took place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, home to a large community of Orthodox Jews. The Times reported that the couple was on its way to a doctor in a livery cab, a Toyota Camry, when that vehicle was hit by a gray BMW sedan. It all happened at Kent Avenue and Wilson Street.
Raizy was ejected from the car and was found beneath a parked tractor-trailer. She was conscious at that time.
The driver of the BMW and his female passenger exited their wrecked car and left the accident scene, The Times reported. Police were searching for them. The BMW belongs to a Bronx woman who wasn’t in the car when it crashed, according to The Times.
Raizy Glauber was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center, a trauma center. She was declared dead on arrival, and the baby was delivered at that medical facility, The Times reported. Her husband Nathan was taken to Beth Israel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Livery driver Pedro Nunez Delacruz, 32, did not have city approval yet to pick up passengers, The Times said. His application to use his Toyota as a livery cab was pending.
The Jewish community buries its dead immediately, so there was a funeral service for the Glaubers on Sunday. And as The Times pointed out, their orphaned son will forever celebrate his birth on the day his parents died.