Her Young Daughter Was Killed by a Car. Now, New Tragedy

Broadway star Ruthie Ann Miles has lost her unborn child
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2018 8:01 AM CDT
In this June 7, 2015, file photo, actress Ruthie Ann Blumenstein, whose stage name is Ruthie Ann Miles, accepts an award for her role in "The King & I" at the Tony Awards in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – What kept Ruthie Ann Miles going after her 4-year-old daughter, Abigail, was killed when a car crashed into them in March in Brooklyn was her unborn baby, due this month. Now another tragedy for the Broadway star and her husband, Jonathan Blumenstein, delivered via their lawyer. "This past Friday, Ruthie and Jonathan lost their baby, Sophia Rosemary Wong Blumenstein," Ben Rubinowitz said in a statement, per the New York Post. "The pain suffered by Ruthie and Jonathan is nearly impossible to fathom." A friend said to be close to Miles confirms the devastation to People: "Ruthie is simply not doing well. The only consolation she had in Abigail's death was the fact that her unborn baby had survived. But now losing that baby? She's crushed to her core."

That friend says the Tony Award-winning actress and Blumenstein started letting those closest to them know about Sophia's death last week. "Losing those kids [has] destroyed her," the friend notes. "How can she even survive this? It's taking every bit of her faith to find a way through." Abigail and 20-month-old Joshua Lew were killed on March 5 after a car driven by Dorothy Bruns drove through a crosswalk and hit the pedestrians. Bruns, 44, has been charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and assault and could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors say she'd had a history of seizures and was said to have had one while driving the car—after doctors, in the months leading up to the crash, had told her repeatedly not to drive, per CBS News.

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