Two small children were instantly killed on spot, several other people critically injured.
A white Volvo reportedly drove through a red light into a crowd of people around 1 p.m. near the intersection of Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue.
Broadway star Ruthie Ann Blumenstein, who goes by the stage name Ruthie Ann Miles, was among those injured in a car crash on Monday, her 4-year-old daughter, Abigail, killed on spot. Miles, who is currently expecting her second child, was critically injured but in stable condition.
A 46-year-old man and another woman, Lauren Lew, were also injured. Lew’s 1-year-old son was instantly killed at the scene.
The two children and their mothers had reportedly recently left a church event at a local community center when the accident occurred.
“This incredible woman of unimaginable kindness and goodness and talent is going through the absolutely unthinkable”, tweeted actor and Grammy-winning singer Ben Platt, adding: @please help @RuthieAnnMiles if you can.”
— Ben Platt (@BenSPLATT) March 6, 2018
GoFundMe pages to help the actress, as well as Lew, have been set up by friends and family. As of Tuesday, Miles’ page has raised more than $150,000, far beyond its initial $5,000 goal.
Kristin Chenoweth expressed her sympathy with Ruthie Ann Miles tweeting: “sending love to you and your family there are no words. Except you are loved”
@RuthieAnnMiles sending love to you and your family there are no words. Except you are loved.
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) March 6, 2018
The reckless driver, Dorothy Bruns, 44, reportedly told police that she had medical issues. The New York Daily News reported that relatives said she suffered from a seizure while driving. She was arrested at the scene and has not been charged. Mayor Bill DeBlasio said an investigation is underway.
The actress won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for the 2015 revival of the musical “The King & I.” She has starred in “Sunday in the Park with George” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and previously had a recurring role on the FX spy series “The Americans.”