An out-of-control driver 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 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.
The foursome was allegedly hit by Dorothy Bruns, who police say 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. Medics Rushed the Children to a Nearby Hospital, But They Could Not Be Saved
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. Witnesses Described a Horrifying Scene, & a Pedestrian Died at the Same Location in 2016
Miles “was bleeding from her head. They had to cut her coat off,” bystander Leah Finnegan said, according to the New York Post.
Four-year-old Abigail “was flat on her back, and when the ambulance came, they were giving her CPR,’’ a witness, June Clark-Smith told the publication. “I ran to the [mom], telling her, ‘Please, Miss, stay down.’. . . She tried getting up on her knees and fell back down.’”
“Those two kids were ran over like dogs,” a witness told the NY Daily News.
Joshua’s stroller was reportedly dragged more than 350 feet by Bruns’ car.
The NY Daily News reported that a pedestrian died at the same intersection in 2016, and further reported “10 traffic injuries at that intersection since 2014,” citing city records.