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Brooklyn Crash: Parents Buried, Baby Survives
More than 1,000 mourners have gathered at the funeral of a young couple killed on the way to hospital for the birth of their first child.
Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, were killed in the crash in Brooklyn but their baby boy survived after doctors performed a caesarean section on the mother.
Police are searching for the driver and passenger of a BMW who fled the scene on foot.
Many of the Glaubers' fellow Orthodox Jews attended the couple's funeral, which was held hours after their deaths. Jewish law calls for the burial of the dead as soon as possible.
Mr Glauber was described as "the sweetest, most charming human being, always with a smile on his face".
His cousin, Sara Glauber, added of the couple: "If one had to go, the other had to go too because they really were one soul."
The hit-and-run happened in the Williamsburg neighbourhood of Brooklyn, as the couple made their way to a local hospital in a cab.
Mrs Glauber, who was seven months pregnant, was sitting in the back of the car. Her body was thrown from the vehicle and landed under a parked lorry, according to witnesses.
Her husband was trapped in the vehicle and emergency workers had to cut the roof off to free him from the wreckage.
The Glaubers were married about a year ago and had started a life together in Williamsburg, relatives said. He was studying at a rabbinical college nearby.
At their funeral, men in black hats gathered around the coffins in the middle of the street, while women in bright headscarves stood on the pavement, in accordance with the Orthodox Jewish tradition of separating the sexes at religious services.
A man could be heard sobbing as he spoke through a loudspeaker, while Yitzchok Silberstein, Mrs Glauber's father, said: "I will never forget you, my daughter."
Brooklyn is home to the largest community of ultra-Orthodox Jews outside Israel, with more than 250,000 living in the New York borough.
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