Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Woman Charged in Deadly Park Slope Crash Dies

Dorothy Bruns. Pic CBS New York Image Dorothy Bruns was facing a number of charges and a jail term. Pic CBS New York
Patty Aguilar | 08 November, 2018, 08:31

The woman police say drove her vehicle through a Brooklyn crosswalk and killed a 1-year-old and 4-year-old child, leaving several others injured, has been found dead in her Staten Island home.

Officials say 44-year-old Dorothy Bruns was found dead in her Staten Island home Tuesday.

The note said in part: "I'm sorry, I can't do this anymore", according to a police source.

When the crash occurred in March, Bruns had allegedly been driving her vehicle westbound on 9th street when she allegedly ran a red light and struck a group of pedestrians, including Miles, Lew, and their children.

On March 5, Bruns was behind the wheel of her vehicle when she fatally hit two children in a Brooklyn crosswalk and caused a woman to lose her unborn child.

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Killed were 1-year-old Joshua Lew and 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein.

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.

Bruns pleaded not guilty in May and faced a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say just three weeks before the incident, doctors told Bruns not to drive for at least one year because of a medical issue. Another victim, a 46-year-old male, was rushed to hospital as well. Abigail's pregnant mom, Tony-winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles, later lost her near-term baby.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).

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