Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles, seven months pregnant was walking on Monday evening with her four year daughter and friend Lauren Lew and her 1 year old son Joshua Lew. They were standing on a corner at Ninth Street and Fifth Ave in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. The group was leaving a church event, and heading home, when a car driven by 44 year old Dorothy Burns ran a red light and plowed into the group. The driver has been cited more than four times in the last two years, for running red lights and speeding.
Burns attempted to leave the scene by driving off, but she smashed into parked cars, and was held by a witness until police arrived. Miles, and Lew and the children were rushed to a hospital. The two children four year old Abigail Blumenstein and one year old Joshua Lew could not be saved, and died shortly after arriving. Lauren Lew will be able to survive her injuries, Miles was in critical condition but is said to be improving. Miles won a Tony Award for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical’ for her role in the Broadway musical ‘The King & I’ in 2016.
Witnesses on the scene said the car driven by Burns dragged Josh’s stroller for almost a mile before it stopped after hitting a bunch of parked cars. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement, “For Chirlane and I obviously this is very personal. It occurred in our neighborhood, very close to our home.
This loss of life is tragic and painful for all of us, particularly those of us who are parents.” Lew’s father who lives in Hawaii, rushed to New York to be by her side. He told reporters ‘he is very worried about his daughter’s physical and mental health.’