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    Default Broadway Star Ruthie Ann Miles' Four-Year-Old Daughter Killed in Deadly Crash

    Tragic moment a car speeds through a red light, killing a one-year-old boy and the four-year-old daughter of Tony-winning actress, injuring both their mothers and another woman

    • The four-year-old daughter of Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles and a one-year-old boy have been identified as the children hit and killed by a driver on Monday
    • Dorothy Bruns, 44, of Staten Island ran a red light in Brooklyn, New York, hitting, dragging and killing the little girl, Abigail Blumenstein, and the boy, Josh Lew
    • Blumenstein is the child of Ruth Blumenstein, the theater actress known as Ruthie Ann Miles who won the Tony in 2015 for 'The King and I'
    • Ruth Blumenstein and Lauren Lew, who is the mother of Josh Lew, were also injured, along with a fifth unidentified individual
    • One victim was described by witnesses as a critically-injured pregnant woman
    • The kids and their mothers had just gotten off the bus at Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue in Park Slope when they were hit at around 12:40 pm ET
    • The driver of the white Volvo tried to flee the scene, dragging a stroller behind the car until she hit some parked cars and came to a stop
    • Josh, who was in the stroller, and Abigail, were pronounced dead at the scene
    • Bruns told police that she has 'medical issues'


    The four-year-old daughter of Tony-winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles and a one-year-old boy have been identified as the children hit and killed by a woman who ran a red light in Brooklyn on Monday.
    At around 12:40pm on Monday, 44-year-old Dorothy Bruns of Staten Island was driving in Park Slope, Brooklyn when she ran a red light and hit and killed one-year-old Josh Lew and four-year-old Abigail Blumenstein.
    The deceased little girl is the daughter of Ruth Blumenstein, the theater actress known as Ruthie Ann Miles, who won a Tony Award in 2015 for her role in 'The King and I.'
    Both the Tony winner and Lauren Lew, the mother of the boy who died, sustained injuries. A fifth victim was also taken with the mothers to the New York Presbyterian Methodist Brooklyn Hospital for treatment.
    Blumenstein and Lew appear to be friends. In her acceptance speech for the Tony three years ago, Blumenstein gave a shoutout to 'the Lews'.
    'I could fall and never hit the ground because of the amazing women who are my friends behind me,' she added.


    The 4-year-old daughter of Tony-winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles and a 1-year-old boy have been identified as the children hit and killed by a woman who ran a red light in Brooklyn on Monday; Ruthie Ann Miles is seen here with her daughter in New York City in 2017



    Lauren Lew is shown on the right with her husband, holding her one-year-old son Josh



    Dorothy Bruns, 44 (pictured), of Staten Island ran a red light in Brooklyn, New York, hitting and killing the little girl, Abigail Blumenstein, and the boy, Josh Lew


    At least one of the adults was described by a witness as being a pregnant woman who sustained critical injuries.
    One witness described to the New York Post how Lew tried to save her son immediately after the tragedy unfolded, but it was too late.
    'The mom was sitting there next to him screaming,' said Andrew Macaluso, 26, who is a fourth-year medical student.

    'She was just kind of [saying], "Oh, God, this can’t be happening. Tell me this isn’t happening. What’s going on?"' Macaluso said.
    'I said, "Are you the mom?" and she said, "Yeah,"' he continued.
    He went on to detail their efforts over the next several minutes, as they tried to revive her little boy.
    'The child had blood on his face,' Macaluso said. 'She wipes off his face and gives him air while I’m giving him chest compression.'
    Then paramedics arrived and took the victims away.


    The white Volvo is seen here approaching the crosswalk without decreasing in speed, in a slowed down version of surveillance footage that captured the moments before impact


    Moments before, the two kids and their mothers had just gotten off the bus and were crossing the street when a woman driving a white Volvo sped through the intersection at 9th Street and Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, striking the families.
    At first, the driver tried to speed away, dragging the stroller that the boy was being pushed in behind her for half a block, until she crashed into some parked cars on the opposite side of the street and came to a stop.
    'The kids were run straight over, and the driver tried to get away and hit a car,' one anonymous witness told the Post.
    'I don’t even want to think about this. … Just to know those kids were ran down like a dog.'
    The children were pronounced dead at the scene while their mothers and a fifth unidentified victim were taken to the hospital.
    The driver, identified as Bruns, told police that she had medical issues and was taken from the scene to undergo toxicology tests.
    Witness Jennifer Muñiz, 28, told the New York Daily News that the driver seemed unaffected by the deaths and injuries she had just caused, when EMTs removed her from her vehicle.
    'When they took her out she was just standing there, like nothing,' Muñiz said. 'No emotion. Not sad. Not crying. Not asking questions: "Is everybody alright?" Not shaking. Nothing.'
    After she was set on a stretcher, the first responder checked Bruns' vision, and then gave her telephone and handbag to her.
    'She was texting on her cell phone like nothing happened,' Muñiz said. 'Like she had just parked the car.'

    Mayor Bill de Blasio said a full investigation was underway regarding the tragedy.
    'For [my wife] Chirlane and I obviously this is very personal. It occurred in our neighborhood, very, very close to our home,' de Blasio said, at City Hall.
    'This loss of life is tragic and painful for all of us, particularly those of us who are parents.'

    He added: 'It’s another reminder of why we have to double our efforts on Vision Zero, to work for a day when this never happens to any family. This is an intersection that we happen to know very very well. We have crossed it many times with [our children] Dante and Chiara when they were kids, so this is personal. And we are praying for the families who have gone through this tragedy and we will do everything we can to help them.'
    Vision Zero is a New York City initiative that aims to achieve zero fatalities on city streets due to traffic crashes.
    A GoFundMe set up for Miles has raised over $103,000 as of Tuesday morning. One for Lauren Lew has raised more than $20,000.





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    That's just awful! I hope she and her baby will be okay, as well as her friend.
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    holy shit that's just blocks from where i used to live. it is not a spot where you would expect anyone to speed through an intersection, even if 9th is one of the main streets in the neighbourhood, it's still a pretty quiet area and you never see anyone driving fast along that stretch of it.
    a few years ago another kid was killed in park slope, in an even more unexpected spot up by the park, he was riding his bike.
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    Just heartbreaking.

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    Jesus christ that's a nightmare. Just horrible, every part of it is horrible
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    holy shit that's just blocks from where i used to live. it is not a spot where you would expect anyone to speed through an intersection, even if 9th is one of the main streets in the neighbourhood, it's still a pretty quiet area and you never see anyone driving fast along that stretch of it.
    a few years ago another kid was killed in park slope, in an even more unexpected spot up by the park, he was riding his bike.
    On top of the alleged callousness immediately following the accident, the driver is claiming she had a seizure. She has a history of tickets for blowing red lights and speeding in a school zones. I hope they put her under the jail.

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    Omg this has me tearing up. Those poor innocent people. Their lives are ruined forever.
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    I may speed on highways when I'm alone, but I'm always super slow in residential and pedestrian areas. I'm always nagging at Mr P when he goes 25 in the neighborhood. Yes, I know that's the speed limit, but we have parks and a lot of kids, dog walkers, etc. around where I'm like dude, just freaking slow down to like 15 or 20.

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    Those kids were amazingly cute. How damn sad.
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    If she has 'medical issues' why the fuck is she still driving?



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    I’d like to think that Miss Bruns is in some sort of shock because of what she did…either way, she’s an irresponsible idiot.I hope she sees some jail time.Though I doubt that will assuage the griefthe parents must all be feeling right now.
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    This story has been killing me from day one, having the families identified isn't helping. I feel so sorry for these mothers, i can't even imagine.
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    thats sad

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    Just an awful, awful story. So sad for all of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greysfang View Post
    This story has been killing me from day one, having the families identified isn't helping. I feel so sorry for these mothers, i can't even imagine.
    Me too. I could barely read the story. The details are heartbreaking and I hope she gets a lot of jail time.
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