Chasidic Community Mourns Death of Baby After Parents’ Funeral
The Brooklyn ultra-Orthodox Jewish community continues to mourn Tuesday after the baby that had been saved from the womb of a young mother killed in a car crash with her husband has also died.
Twenty-one-year-old Nachman Glauber and his seven-month pregnant wife Raizy, also 21, were in a taxi Sunday on their way to the hospital when they were hit by a BMW on the way. The suspected driver 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 Hasidic sect. In keeping with Jewish tradition, the couple was buried the day after the accident in a massive funeral with a thousand 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.