Broadway star and Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles (The King & I, The Americans) suffered an unimaginable tragedy when she, her daughter, her friend Lauren Lew, and Lew's son were struck by a driver who ran a red light. The children, four-year-old Abigail and one-year-old Joshua, both died. Miles, who is pregnant, was injured but her unborn child wasn't harmed. An unnamed 48-year-old man was also struck and expected to recover.
The Broadway community and friends from film and television have been donating to a GoFundMe campaign to help the family during this difficult time. There is also a GoFundMe for the family of Joshua Lew.
In addition to donations, there has been an outpouring of love on social media from colleagues and fans alike:
The Miles family posted the following message on Ruthie's Twitter account to update everyone on her healing process:
While Miles' celebrity garnered much attention, people did not forget that this tragedy devastated the Lew family:
I can’t stop thinking about Ruthie Ann Miles and Lauren Lew. This is actually the very worst thing that can happen to a person, and it should never have happened.— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole_Cliffe) March 6, 2018
Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Blumenstein thanked her friend Lauren Lew when she won a Tony in 2015. Both women lost young children in a horrific crash as they were walking in a Brooklyn intersection on Monday. https://t.co/9GtOcTeFhy pic.twitter.com/YmyZeYtgFe— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) March 6, 2018
Fans of the actress reached out to offer condolences:
May God wraps his loving arms around your family and comforts you all.— Sumter Girl (@scsumter) March 9, 2018
Sending you and your family lots of love, light and prayers. I can’t even imagine the pain you are all feeling. Life just isn’t fair. 😔— Lisa (@lisagonzalez716) March 9, 2018
If you are reading this, please take a moment to say a prayer for he families of Ruthie Ann miles and Lauren Lew...the two women who’s young children were mortally struck by a motorist yesterday.— Derrick Davis (@dreamclimber) March 7, 2018
GodBless baby Charles & little Abigail in all of our faiths as we come together as neighbors and as strangers to mourn the lost of these two young souls. My deepest condolences to @RuthieAnnMiles Family & Lauren Lew Family. Their memory shall always be received in our heart. Amen pic.twitter.com/g81hwohD3s— ...aka Cain Kilmore (@The_Scenarist) March 7, 2018
Our condolences go out to both the Miles family and the Lew family.