Hassidic community mourns death of baby saved from crash after parents' funeral

Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn. A couple from the Satmar Hasidic community was killed in a car crash Sunday. The woman's unborn baby was saved via C-section but later died. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) The Hassidic community in Brooklyn continued to mourn Tuesday after a baby, who had initially been saved from the womb of a young mother killed in a car crash with her husband, also died.

Twenty-one-year-old Nachman Glauber and his 7-month pregnant wife Raizy, also 21, were in a taxi Sunday on their way to the hospital when they were hit by a BMW. Suspect Julio Acevedo, according to authorities, was driving at twice the allowed speed limit and fled the scene after the collision. At the hospital, the couple’s baby was delivered via C-section, but died soon after.

The Glaubers were members of the Satmar Hassidic sect. In keeping with Jewish tradition, the couple was buried the day after the accident in a massive funeral with 1,000 attendees. The baby was later buried near his parents.

"The mood in the neighborhood is very heavy. We all hoped the baby would survive,” Oscar Sabel, who lives near the scene of the accident, told the Associated Press. Isaac Abraham, a spokesman for the Hasidic Jewish community, demanded “the prosecutor charge the driver of BMW that caused the death of this couple and infant... with triple homicide.”

Acevedo was reached by the New York Daily News and said the accident occurred because he was allegedly fleeing gunshots and didn’t realize the couple had been killed until he saw the news later. "My heart goes out to them,” he said, adding that he left the scene because he “was scared of someone shooting” at him. He indicated plans to turn himself over to authorities.

Posted on March 5, 2013 .