Broadway rallies behind Ruthie Ann Miles after auto crash kills daughter

Broadway rallies behind Ruthie Ann Miles after auto crash kills daughter

Friends and former teachers said Miles was preparing to join the cast of "The King and I" in London when a auto ran a red light in Brooklyn, striking four people, killing Miles' 4-year-old daughter, Abigail, and a 1-year old boy.

Abigail and Joshua were killed, while Miles - who's pregnant - and Lew are hospitalized.

Police interviewed the driver, who investigators said may have suffered a medical issue while driving, according to multiple media reports.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez told the newspaper: 'We believe that she had a seizure. Clark-Smith said she ran over to Miles who was trying to get up advising her to stay down.

Both children were killed.

EMS responded and transported them to the New York-Presbyterian Methodist Brooklyn Hospital where the two children were pronounced dead. A 46-year-old man and the mother of the 1-year-old were also injured. She worked frantically to revive her son.

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"It's impossible for me to believe that something like this could happen to one of our kids", said Matsushita. According to the New York Daily News, Bruns drove from the scene of the fatalities before crashing into more cars, when she was forced to stop. She told authorities she swerved after trying to dodge another auto. They had to cut her coat off, " bystander Leah Finnegan said of Blumenstein.

Witness Debbie LaSalle was crossing the same intersection when she saw the Volvo speed by, she told the Daily News. Miles is now pregnant.

Miles is a Tony victor for The King and I who has also been seen onstage in Sunday in the Park with George and Here Lies Love. She has also had a role as Young Hee Seong in the television show The Americans.

Several Broadway stars have tweeted their support and well-wishes for Miles.

Chenoweth tweeted: "sending love to you and your family there are no words". We love you, @RuthieAnnMiles. A GoFundMe campaign for Miles and her family has been set up. As of Tuesday morning, the page had raised over $74,148 of its $5,000 goal.

Stars like Lin-Manuel Miranda ("Hamilton"), Ben Platt ("Dear Evan Hansen"), Audra McDonald ("Shuffle Along"), Sutton Foster ("Sweet Charity"), Laura Benanti ("She Loves Me") and more also urged fans to help Miles and her family in their time of need.

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