A reportedly out-of-control driver, 44-year-old Dorothy Bruns, allegedly struck and killed two children as they walked alongside a crosswalk in Brooklyn, New York. The incident occurred at approximately 12:40 p.m. at Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue, according to New York Daily News.
Four-year-old Abigail Blumenstein and one-year-old Joshua Lew died after being struck by a vehicle while walking alongside their mothers, Ruthie Ann Blumenstein and Lauren Lew, who were also injured in the horrifying wreck.
Blumenstein, a Tony-winning Broadway star who is known by her stage name of Ruthie Ann Miles, was pregnant at the time of the tragedy.
Police say Bruns ran a red light and attempted to leave the scene of the crash but was stopped by witnesses.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Two Mothers Were Coming From a Church Event With Their Beloved Children
Miles and Lew were on their way back from a church event at a community center when the catastrophic event unfolded, the New York Post reported.
The women and children, along with a fifth victim were rushed by medics to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where Abigail and Joshua succumbed to their injuries.
Though the extent of the survivor’s injuries are not known at this time, NY Daily News reported Miles as being “critically hurt.”
At the time of publishing it was unknown how far along Miles’ pregnancy was or if the unborn baby was harmed.
2. She Was Cited for Running Red Lights 4 Times in 2 Years
3. Witnesses Reportedly Stopped Her From Fleeing the Scene