Ruthie Ann Miles: A Pregnant Broadway Star’s Unthinkable Tragedy & How You Can Help by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
Tony Award-winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles and her friend, Lauren Lew, were crossing a busy Brooklyn street with their children, when a driver appeared to lose control of her vehicle and ran into them, before crashing into a parked car. Lew and Miles, who is pregnant, were both injured. Miles’s 4-year-old daughter, Abigail Blumenstein, and Lew’s 1-year-old son, Joshua, were both killed.
“Police say the driver, Dorothy Bruns, a 44-year-old who reportedly suffers from multiple sclerosis, apparently had a seizure while stopped at a red light. She was hospitalized following the crash.” (USA Today). As of this writing, Bruns has not been charged.
Go Fund Me pages have been set up for both the Lew and Miles and Blumenstein families. The Broadway community has rallied to support Miles with both donations and messages of love and support on social media. An update from Miles’ Go Fund Me page on March 8:
"Thank you for your prayers over our families and holding us in our pain. We are extremely grateful for your kindness and generosity. Ruthie is now out of ICU and healing, by all accounts it is a miracle our second child is unharmed.
Please continue to pray for the Lew and Blumenstein families as we process the unthinkable and lay our grief in the loving arms of Jesus. Joshua and Abigail are now resting in Heavenly peace and Joy."
You can make a donation to Lauren and Charles Lew and to the Ruthie Ann Miles Fund via GoFundMe.