Ruthie Ann Miles, the pregnant Broadway star whose young daughter was killed in a car collision that left Miles in intensive care Monday, is "healing" and her unborn child is safe, her family announced Thursday in a tweet.
"Ruthie is now out of ICU and healing, by all accounts it is a miracle our second child is unharmed," the family's statement on Miles' verified Twitter account said.
The statement expressed gratitude for the outpouring of prayers and sympathy that followed a heartbreaking story all too common in big cities: An out-of-control car runs over two moms and their kids in a Brooklyn intersection.
Abigail, the 4-year-old daughter of Miles, who goes by her married name of Blumenstein offstage, was killed. Joshua, the 1-year-old baby of Miles' friend, Lauren Lew, also was killed in his stroller and Lew was seriously injured.
"Please continue to pray for the Lew and Blumenstein families as we process the unthinkable and lay our grief in the loving arms of Jesus," the family statement said. "Joshua and Abigail are now resting in Heavenly peace and joy."
Police say the driver, Dorothy Bruns, a 44-year-old who reportedly suffers from multiple sclerosis, apparently had a seizure while stopped at a red light. She was hospitalized following the crash.
Investigators were looking at Bruns' medical records, bloodwork, cellphone logs and driving record, but unless a doctor advised her not to drive, she may not face charges, they said. In the meantime, her driver’s license has been suspended, according to a New York Times report citing Brooklyn city council member Brad Lander, who said he was informed by the police.
On Wednesday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has a home a short walk from where the accident happened, expressed anger after city records showed the car Bruns was driving was cited multiple times for speeding in school zones and running red lights. (All the tickets resulted from traffic cameras, which only identify the car and not the driver, rather than a police officer pulling her car over.)
"She should never have been allowed to have been driving a car after what we know of these other violations," de Blasio told reporters Wednesday. "I share the frustration of many in my community. I wish she was under arrest right now. I certainly believe measures need to be taken to ensure she will not drive a car anymore."
Miles won a featured actress Tony in 2015 for her role as Lady Thiang in a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I.
Other credits included Sunday in the Park with George opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and playing Imelda Marcos in David Byrne's off-Broadway musical Here Lies Love. She also had a recurring role on Season 4 of the FX series The Americans.
The two GoFundMe funds for each family have raised a total of nearly $600,000 as of midday Thursday.
Contributing: The Associated Press