Pregnant Mom Injured in Car Crash Is a Tony Award-Winning Actress


Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday spoke with safe-street activists outside his Brooklyn gym, which is near the site of a fatal car accident on Monday.

Ruthie Ann Blumenstein was living the dream of every New York City actress until she tried to cross a notorious Brooklyn intersection and landed in a nightmare.

A car plowed into the Tony Award-winning Broadway actress, who goes by Ruthie Ann Miles, and killed her 4-year-old daughter, Abigail on Monday afternoon in Park Slope. Ms. Blumenstein, 34 years old and pregnant, was taken to Brooklyn Methodist Hospital where she was in stable condition on Tuesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

She declined to comment on the condition of Ms. Blumenstein’s unborn child.

The driver, identified by a law-enforcement official as Dorothy Bruns, 44 years old, also struck and killed 20-month-old Joshua Lew. His mother, Lauren Lew, was injured but later released from the hospital, the spokeswoman said.

Ms. Bruns, who hasn’t been charged, said she had a seizure at the time of the incident, according to law-enforcement officials. She was released after being taken to the hospital.

A Staten Island woman who identified herself as Ms. Bruns hung up on a reporter on Tuesday when asked for comment. A New York Police Department official on Tuesday said Ms. Bruns’s license had been suspended as a result of the incident and ongoing investigation.

Ms. Bruns inched her way to the middle of the intersection at Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue before accelerating west down Ninth Street and hitting the pedestrians, according to officials who saw video footage. Police believe the light was still red when the white Volvo hit the people, the officials said.

A Volvo sedan, with a stroller pinned under the rear wheel and a shoe on its trunk, crashed on Monday in Brooklyn, leaving two children dead and a pregnant woman injured.

A Volvo sedan, with a stroller pinned under the rear wheel and a shoe on its trunk, crashed on Monday in Brooklyn, leaving two children dead and a pregnant woman injured. Photo: Mark Kauzlarich for The Wall Street Journal

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