Pregnant Broadway star Ruthie Ann Miles loses daughter in crash

The four-year-old daughter of Broadway star Ruthie Ann Miles has been hit by a car and killed.

Miles, who is pregnant, and her daughter Abigail were were crossing a street in New York’s Brooklyn Park Slope neighbourhood on Monday when they were hit after a driver went through a red light.

Miles, whose real name is Ruthie Ann Blumenstein, is in hospital in a stable condition, according to her agent Dustin Flores.

Her unborn baby is “doing well”, he added.

A GoFundMe page has raised more than $250,000 for Ms Miles' family
A GoFundMe page has raised more than $250,000 for Ms Miles’ family

The 34-year-old mezzo soprano is best known for her Tony Award-winning performance as Lady Thiang in the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I.

She won the award for best featured actress in a musical in 2015 and had been due to play the same role in London’s West End this summer.

Ruthie Ann Miles and the cast of 'the King and I' perform onstage at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City
Ruthie Ann Miles was to perform in the UK this summer

She currently has a part on cable TV series The Americans.

According to the New York Daily News, a number of other people were hit by the same car.

The car's driver is facing possible manslaughter charges
The car’s driver is facing possible manslaughter charges

A second woman, a friend of Miles named Lauren Lew, was also injured and is in stable condition, the newspaper said.

Her one-year-old son Joshua died, however.

A fifth victim, a 46-year-old man, was also hit.

According to local media, the driver – Dorothy Bruns, 44 – was battling various health problems, including multiple sclerosis.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez told the New York Daily News: “We believe that she had a seizure.

“It’s a real tragedy, but we have to make sure that this woman should have been driving in the first place.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for Miles and it has raised more than $300,000.

Jack Stephens, who set up the page and described himself as a company manager, said: “Ruthie is beloved by her many friends and colleagues in the Broadway and touring communities.

“She is always kind and always has a smile.

“It is our honour to help her in this difficult time.”

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