Driver charged in toddler deaths in Brooklyn crosswalk kills herself

08 November, 2018, 08:33 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Dorothy Bruns. Pic CBS New York

Authorities say a woman who lost control of her auto and fatally struck the child of a Tony Award-winning Broadway actress and another toddler in a Brooklyn crosswalk has died of an apparent suicide.

The woman charged with running down and killing two young children in Brooklyn earlier this year has been found dead inside her Staten Island home. On Tuesday, eight months after the accident, the New York Police Department confirmed Bruns was found dead from an apparent suicide.

Bruns had multiple sclerosis, which prompted questions about whether she was fit to drive. Two months after the crash, Miles and her husband, Jonathan Blumenstein, suffered more heartbreak when they lost their unborn baby.

In March, she accidentally killed Joshua Lew, one, and Abigail Blumenstein, four, after suffering a seizure behind the wheel. Her auto drove forward, killing the 4-year-old daughter of Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Blumenstein and the 1-year-old son of another parent.

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She was facing 15 years behind bars and was due in court when she killed herself.

Bruns was ultimately hit with a 10-count indictment on charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, assault, and reckless driving related to the crash.

Left, Tony Award-winning actress Ruthie Ann Blumenstein is seen with her daughter, Abigail Blumenstein.

Dorothy Bruns receives medical attention at the crash scene on March 5, 2018. And in September 2017, she struck a pedestrian in Long Island City, after which the NYPD reportedly failed to investigate the incident.

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