Tony award winning performer from Kaimuki injured and daughter, 4, killed in NYC crash
Many members of Honolulu's theater community are stunned by the tragedy that killed the 4-year old daughter of Ruthie Ann Miles, a Tony Award Winning Performer from Kaimuki.
HONOLULU - Many members of Honolulu's theater community are stunned by the tragedy that killed the 4-year old daughter of Ruthie Ann Miles, a Tony Award Winning Performer from Kaimuki.
"Drama Teachers have a very special relationship with their kids, we get to know them so well, and they become ours," said MJ Matsushita, Learning Center Coordinator for Kaimuki High School's Center for Performing Arts.
It's been nearly 20-years since Miles played Linda Low in Kaimuki High School's Production of "Flower Drum Song," but Matsushita and Peggy Ann Siegmund still remember Miles as a star student.
"You just knew that this was a kid that was going to go places," said Matsushita
"I was privileged enough to see her perform in the king and I several times and I cried every time," said Siegmund, now retired from Kaimuki High School's Center for Performing Arts
While Miles was still in high school, she also performed in Diamond Head Theater's production of Carousel.
"She showed incredible promise and everybody knew she was very talented," said John Rampage, Artistic Director at Diamond Head Theater.
Miles was the model student who became a Broadway Star, she won a Tony in 2015 for her portrayal of Lady Thiang in "The King and I."
"We were just floating on cloud nine for months after that," said Matsushita.
Friends and former teachers said Miles was preparing to join the cast of "The King and I" in London when a car ran a red light in Brooklyn, striking four people, killing Miles' 4-year-old daughter, Abigail, and a 1-year old boy.
"It's just beyond comprehension, beyond words, a parent's worst nightmare, I can't believe the little girl is dead," said Siegmund.
"It's impossible for me to believe that something like this could happen to one of our kids," said Matsushita.
Miles was also taken to the hospital.
Her teachers say she's pregnant with her second child.
As Miles and her family prepare for her daughter's funeral-- her friends in the theater community send their love.
"We'll keep Abigail in our memories the best we can, and we know it's not going to be easy to get over this, but we're with you," said Matsushita.
A Go Fund Me Account has been set up to help Miles and her family.