The pregnant mother who was struck by an out-of-control driver—who also fatally struck her four-year-old daughter—has lost her baby.
On March 5th, Ruthie Ann Miles, a Tony-winning actress, was walking in Park Slope with her daughter Abigail, friend Lauren Lew, and Lew's 20-month-old son Joshua. At 12:41 p.m., driver Dorothy Bruns ran through a red light at 9th Street and 5th Avenue, killing Abigail and Joshua and injuring Miles and Lew.
Miles, who was seven months pregnant at the time, was in critical condition and in ICU. A lawyer for Miles and her husband Jonathan Blumenstein released a statement on Wednesday:
As many of you know, Ruthie and Jonathan’s daughter, Abigail, was tragically killed. At the time of the crash Ruthie was pregnant and was severely injured.
This past Friday Ruthie and Jonathan lost their baby, Sophia Rosemary Wong Blumenstein. The pain suffered by Ruthie and Jonathan is nearly impossible to fathom.
As you might imagine, they are overwhelmed by the sadness of the deaths of their children. Ruthie and Jonathan are grateful for the support of their family and friends but wish and ask that their privacy be respected during this most trying time. Ruthie and Jonathan continue to seek God’s presence, mercy and peace.
GoFundMe campaigns were created for both Miles and Lew.
Bruns had racked up numerous speeding tickets in two years before the crash. In September, she also struck a pedestrian in Long Island City, and the NYPD reportedly failed to investigate the incident.
Earlier this month, Bruns was charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez argued that Bruns's multiple sclerosis should have kept her from getting behind the wheel. "Her alleged insistence on driving despite doctor’s orders and serious medical conditions that prevented her from safely doing so was not only irresponsible, it was unlawful," Gonzalez said. "I intend to now hold her accountable and urge all drivers to heed instructions of medical professionals and never drive a car when told not to."