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Monday, March 4, 2013 - 1:53pm
NEW YORK — A day after two expectant parents died in a hit-and-run car wreck, the crash that killed them claimed another life on Monday: their newborn son.
The baby boy survived for just a day after he was delivered by cesarean section from his dead mother's womb, police said.
The Brooklyn, New York, car crash devastated an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and sparked a manhunt for those responsible.
Police have said they're searching for the occupants of the BMW that plowed into the cab Nathan and Raizy Glauber were riding in early Sunday morning.
At the time of the crash, the Glaubers -- both 21 -- were on the way to Long Island College Hospital, said Officer Sophia Tassy-Mason, a spokeswoman for the New York City Police Department.
"She just wasn't feeling well and they just, they went to check it out," said Sarah Gluck, Raizy Glauber's cousin.
Police say the BMW slammed into the Glaubers' cab at an intersection. The two occupants of the BMW fled the scene on foot.
Sunday's crash brought heartache to a close-knit Hasidic community in Brooklyn, many of whom mourned the couple's deaths at a funeral service on Sunday.
"What can we do now?" Isaac Abraham, a community leader and neighbor of the couple, said on Monday. "We are looking at the prosecutor; we want the people responsible charged with triple homicide, nothing less."
The young Orthodox Jewish couple were "preparing for the most joyous moment in life, to become parents, ready to build a castle to the future and build a family," he told CNN affliate WABC.
"The message to the driver: We know law enforcement is going to get to you," he said. "But our message is give yourself up before we find you."
Motor vehicle crashes are among the leading causes of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the first nine months of 2012, more than 25,500 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. That number showed a 7% increase over the number of deaths in the same period in 2011, officials said.