Actress and singer Ruthie Ann Miles (also known as Ruth Blumenstein) was injured in the tragic Park Slope hit and run that claimed the life of her four year old daughter Abigail, and of Josh Lew, the one year old son of Ruthie's friend Lauren Lew. The New York Post reports on Monday's (3/5) horrific crash, that happened at 12:40 PM on Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue:
An out-of-control driver killed two little kids in front of their horrified moms in a Brooklyn crosswalk Monday — with one tot dragged about 100 feet down the block while still in his stroller, authorities said.
The stricken mother of the 1-year-old boy in the stroller knelt beside her son’s body on Ninth Street near Fifth Avenue in Park Slope and frantically tried to revive him, a witness said.
The mom was identified by law-enforcement sources as Lauren Lew, 33, of Park Slope.
The little boy, Joshua, was the older of her two sons, said Lew’s grandmother.
The other child killed in the 12:40 p.m. horror was a 4-year-old girl accompanied by her pregnant mother, Ruthie Blumenstein, 34, of Park Slope, officials said.
She “was bleeding from her head. They had to cut her coat off,’’ bystander Leah Finnegan said of Blumenstein.
Leah Finnegan (ex-Gawker, current-Outline writer) was the first to report on the crash via her Twitter account.
Ruthie is known for her roles as Imelda Marcos in David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's rock musical Here Lies Love, her 2015-2016 turn as Lady Thiang in The King and I on Broadway (for which she won a Tony), among others. Watchers of The Americans know and love her as Mary Kay consultant Young-Hee Seong.
A GoFundMe for Ruthie has been set up by Jack Stephens, who worked with her on Broadway and in touring communities.
Protesters hoping for safer streets met Mayor DeBlasio this morning outside his Park Slope gym: