Police were searching for the driver of a BMW and a passenger who fled on foot after slamming into a livery cab, killing the young pregnant woman and her husband. The horrific crash happened in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn as the couple headed to a hospital when the mother believed that she might have been starting labor.
“This guy’s a coward and he should pay his price,” a community spokesman added that the community wants a homicide prosecution in the state of New York. Strong words from the community: “Law enforcement is going to find you. Give yourself up before we find you.”
A young married couple, both aged 21, were looking forward to welcoming their first child into their tight-knit community of Orthodox Jews. A year ago this community celebrated the marriage of this young couple, and yesterday over 1,000 had the sorrow of mourning their loss.
The engine of the livery car ended up in the backseat, where the mother, who was seven months pregnant, was sitting before she was ejected from the car. Her body landed under a parked tractor-trailer, said witnesses who raced to the scene after the crash. The husband was pinned in the car, and emergency workers had to cut off the roof to get him out, witnesses said.
They both were pronounced dead at hospitals, and the medical examiner said they died of blunt-force trauma. Doctors had delivered the baby by cesarean section and lived until early Monday morning.
Neighbors and friends said the boy weighed only about 4 pounds. The livery cab driver was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and was later released. Both the driver of the BMW and a passenger fled and were being sought, police said.
Hit and Run Drivers Need to be Prosecuted to the Fullest Extent of the Law
Car accidents are sometimes understandable mistakes or are simply unavoidable. But as soon as drivers flee the scene in order to avoid responsibility, the accident becomes a crime. In cases like this one, families often file wrongful death lawsuits against hit-and-run drivers in addition to criminal charges.
We need to send a message to hit-and-run drivers which is: “You will be caught, and you will be prosecuted, so don’t make matters worse for yourself or anyone else involved.”
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