Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Miles has sadly lost the baby she was carrying following a fatal car crash that claimed her daughter's life.
The Tony-winner and her husband are devastated.
An Unspeakable Tragedy
Miles's daughter was killed in a Brooklyn crosswalk, along with the son of the Lauren Lew, who was walking with them. The incident happened on March 5 when driver Dorothy Bruns ran a red light, slamming into the group.
Miles's 4-year-old daughter, Abigail, and Lew's 1-year-old son, Joshua, were both killed in the incident. The Broadway actress was 7 months pregnant at the time, with the baby due later this month.
It's now confirmed that Miles has sadly lost the child.
"At the time of the crash, Ruthie was pregnant and was severely injured. This past Friday Ruthie and Jonathan [Blumenstein] lost their baby, Sophia Rosemary Wong Blumenstein. The pain suffered by Ruthie and Jonathan is nearly impossible to fathom," said lawyer Ben Rubinowitz.
An Avoidable Incident
While on their way home, Miles and Lew were crossing 9th. St. at Fifth Ave. in Park Slope after attending a church event at a nearby community center when the accident occurred. Driver Bruns, who suffers from MS, seizures, and failing health, was charged with manslaughter.
Her license was suspended just two days before the crash and she reportedly got eight tickets from red-light and speed cameras beforehand. Bruns was charged in a 10-count indictment for getting behind the wheel against doctor's orders.
A city housing authority worker was hit six months prior to the fatal accident, with Bruns leaving the woman injured and driving away from the crime scene. Although the injured party got the license plate number and reported the incident to police, they reportedly never followed up.
"This should never happen. She should never have been allowed to be driving a car after what we know," commented Bill de Blasio, New York City mayor.
Overwhelmed By Sadness
Broadway star Miles earned a Tony Award back in 2015 for her performance in The King and I. Rubinowitz confirmed she was 39 weeks pregnant when she lost her baby Friday.
Unfortunately, prosecutors won't be able to pursue additional charges against Bruns, as state homicide laws only apply after a baby is born.
Miles and her husband are understandably devastated by the double tragedy.
"They are overwhelmed by the sadness of the deaths of their children," added Rubinowitz.
Bruns claims she had a seizure before running the red light, which then ultimately led to the horrific crash.