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Children killed in Park Slope crash ID'd; witnesses question driver's medical claim

Children killed in Park Slope crash ID'd; witnesses question driver's medical claim

Ruth Ann Blumenstein, better known by her stage name Ruthie Ann Miles, and 33-year-old Lauren Lew were walking with their children, 4-year-old Abigail and 1-year-old Josh, when a speeding driver struck them at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Ninth Street Monday afternoon, a police source said. "I'm still in shock". "She is always kind and always has a smile". A 46-year-old man, who was not identified, also was hit, police said. Tell me this isn't happening!

Another witness, June Clark-Smith, saw the little girl just after she was hit by the vehicle. "She tried getting up on her knees and fell back down".

A GoFundMe for Ruthie has been set up by Jack Stephens, who worked with her on Broadway and in touring communities.

The 44-year-old driver in Monday's crash claimed to have had a medical episode and had not been charged as of Tuesday, police said.

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The 44-year-old female driver lost control of her auto for reasons now unknown and hit pedestrians before she struck a parked, unoccupied vehicle and came to a stop, police said.

Witnesses tell the NY Daily News Joshua's stroller was dragged by Bruns' vehicle for nearly an entire block.

The New York Post reports that Bruns remembers waking up behind the wheel but was unaware that she had hit anyone.

One witness told the newspaper that Bruns didn't seem concerned at all about what had taken place. Not crying. Not asking questions: 'Is everybody all right?' Not shaking. Miles, in her 7th month of pregnancy was brought to the hospital in critical condition and is now said to be stable.


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