PBAU president reacts to alumni, Tony winner, Ruthie Ann Miles’ tragic accident


Palm Beach Atlantic University president William M. B. Fleming, Jr. has said, in a statement, that he is “heartbroken” about the tragic accident that claimed the life of the daughter of alumni and Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles, and left the pregnant actress in hospitalized.

“We know that her faith, family and friends will comfort her,” Fleming said.

According to Time, Miles, who won her Tony in 2015 for the part of Lady Thiang in the revival of “The King and I,” was crossing a Brooklyn street with her daughter, Abigail Blumenstein, friend Lauren Lew, Lew’s 1-year-old son Joshua and an unidentified adult man when they were struck by a car. Both children were killed and the adult victims were hospitalized. The driver, according to Time, has said she had a seizure and doesn’t remember the crash.

Miles, who grew up in Hawaii, graduated from PBAU in 2005 with an undergraduate degree in theater. At the time of her Tony win, associate theater professor Don Butler says that the school community was “just thrilled about her. With everyone I’ve talked to, all the students here, no one ever said anything about her but wonderful things. She’s so lovely and kind and incredibly talented.”

School spokeswoman Becky Peeling says that the school’s alumni “have used social media to share prayer requests and to pass along information about a Go Fund Me page that was started to support the family.


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