Widow Says Husband Saved Her From Pedestrian Car Crash

Courtesy: New York Daily News

The widow of the man struck and killed late Saturday night on the East Side says her husband saved her life by pushing her out of the way of that crash between the van from the Palestinian Mission and another car.

The deadly crash took place about 10:30 p.m. at the corner of East 59th Street and Park Avenue. Police say the 20-year-old driver was behind the wheel of a black 2000 Mazda, when it plowed into the silver 2011 Toyota Sienna.

According to investigators, the Mazda spun out in the intersection barreling into Rubin Baum, 80. The couple was in the crosswalk trying to hail a cab. Denise Baum, 62, says her husband was pinned under the car; she tried to get the car off of him, but she wasn't strong enough, telling the New York Daily News... "I was so ashamed. I couldn't lift it," she said trying not to cry.

EMT's rushed the couple to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Center, but Rubin didn't make it. Now, Mrs. Baum -- who's limping and has a huge bruise on her forehead -- is left with her grief and a lot of questions, and no concrete answers.

"I want to know who did this." Mrs. Baum said, asking... "Was he drunk? Was he on drugs?"

So far, the drivers aren't facing any charges; police are still in the middle of their investigation.

The Baums -- who are parents and grandparents -- were on the way home to their high-rise in the upper 70's when the accident happened. They were coming from a jazz concert.

Mr. Baum retired after a long career in the Garment District as a manufacturer of women's clothing, spending his golden years as a real estate agent. Mrs. Baum says her husband was a lifelong Giants fans, who held season tickets for more than 50 years. He was a hero, who was awarded two Purple Hearts for his work as a medic in the Korean War.

"He was the kindest, gentlest soul you could ever meet," she said.

Baum's father was Rabbi Shepard Baum, who was the supervisor of kosher law for New York State for more than 40 years. The 73-year-old rabbi was struck by a car and killed in 1977.