A baby boy delivered by cesarean section after his parents were killed in a car crash over the weekend has died, police said Monday.
The infant, rescued from his dead mother’s womb after the hit-and-run crash in Brooklyn, had been in critical condition.
His parents, Nathan and Raizy Glauber, were both killed in the crash early Sunday morning.
Police have said they’re searching for the occupants of a BMW that plowed into the cab the couple were riding in.
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 New York’s Hasidic community.
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,” said Isaac Abraham, a community leader and neighbor of the couple.
“The message to the driver: We know law enforcement is going to get to you,” Abraham to CNN affliate WABC. “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.