Broadway community sends condolences to Ruthie Ann Miles after fatal Park Slope crash

Ruthie Ann Miles, known for her role in the musical "The King and I," was injured in the Park Slope crash that killed her 4-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old boy on Monday, March 5, 2018. / Getty Images for Tony Awards Pro / Theo Wargo

The pregnant Tony Award-winning actress whose 4-year-old daughter was killed in a tragic Park Slope crash was recovering at a hospital Tuesday, as the Broadway community expressed condolences to her and her family.

Ruth Ann Blumenstein, better known by her stage name, Ruthie Ann Miles, and 33-year-old Lauren Lew were walking with their children, 4-year-old Abigail and 1-year-old Josh, when a speeding driver struck them at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Ninth Street Monday afternoon, a police source said. A 46-year-old man, who was not identified, also was hit, police said.

The two children were pronounced dead at the hospital. Blumenstein, 34, Lew and the 46-year-old man were listed in stable condition, the source said.


“Ruthie is beloved by her many friends and colleagues in the Broadway and touring communities,” a GoFundMe page for Blumenstein and her family said. “She is always kind and always has a smile.”

The page had already raised more than $300,000 by Wednesday morning. Another campaign was raising money for the Lew family as well.

Broadway stars expressed condolences to Blumenstein, who is known for her award-winning role in the musical “The King and I.”

“Heartsick for Ruthie and her family,” “Hamilton’s” Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote.

“Ruthie, I am sending you all the love and light in my heart today sweet lady,” wrote actress and singer Audra McDonald.

The 44-year-old driver in Monday’s crash claimed to have had a medical episode and had not been charged as of Tuesday, police said.