Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Driver Charged With Killing 2 Children In Park Slope Crosswalk Found Dead

Driver Charged With Killing 2 Children In Park Slope Crosswalk Found Dead

The woman who fatally hit two children with her auto in a Brooklyn crosswalk and caused one of their mother's to lose her unborn child earlier this year has committed suicide. On Tuesday, eight months after the accident, the New York Police Department confirmed Bruns was found dead from an apparent suicide.

Police said she was driving her sedan westbound on Park Slope's 9th Street near 5th Avenue when her vehicle struck a group of pedestrians, including a pair of mothers - each with a child in a stroller.

The 44-year-old had a seizure when she stopped at a red light before the fatal crash, according to authorities. Two months after the crash, Miles and her husband, Jonathan Blumenstein, suffered more heartbreak when they lost their unborn baby.

Earlier this year, Bruns had been indicted by a grand jury on charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and assault.

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Dorothy Bruns, 44, was discovered in her Staten Island home along with pills and a note, a senior law enforcement official told NBC 4 NY.

Killed were 1-year-old Joshua Lew and 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein. Abigail died and her mother, who was 39 weeks pregnant at the time, was injured. She also had numerous speeding tickets in the years before the crash.

Bruns had multiple sclerosis, which prompted questions about whether she was fit to drive.

Blumenstein, who goes by the stage name Ruthie Ann Miles, won a featured actress Tony in 2015 for her role as Lady Thiang in a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'The King and I'. She was pronounced dead on the scene by emergency medical responders.

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