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November 18, 2018

Staten Island driver who killed two kids, then killed herself apologized in note, saying she can’t take it anymore

November 7, 2018
Dorothy Bruns, the driver who fatally struck Tony winner’s infant, daughter is walked in to Brooklyn Supreme Court by NYPD detectives on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Byron Smith for New York Daily News)

The seizure-prone Staten Island motorist who killed herself Tuesday after she fatally ran over two young children and struck both of their mothers on a Brooklyn sidewalk left a pained suicide note saying she couldn’t bear it, police sources said.

Dorothy Bruns, 45, was found dead in her Concord apartment just before 5 p.m., with bottles of antidepressants and other pills and a suicide note nearby, sources said. She was face-up on her bed.




Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea refused to describe the contents of the note, but according to police sources, she wrote, “I’m sorry, I can’t do this anymore.”

She went on in the note to grant a close friend power of attorney, the sources said.

“Anytime somebody takes their own life it’s profoundly sad,” Mayor de Blasio said Wednesday. “This is just an extremely painful case from moment one and I wish none of it had come to pass.”

A woman who lives on her block said Bruns had mostly stayed in her house since the crash. “The only time I saw her out (was) when she had that walker. I think she got hurt in the crash too,” she said. “It’s a shame but these things happen. I know she didn’t go out that day wanting to kill people.”

Bruns was free on $75,000 bond on manslaughter and other charges after she killed 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein and 1-year-old Joshua Lew as they crossed the street at the corner of Ninth St. and Fifth Ave. in Park Slope on March 5.

Abigail’s mother, Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Miles, was 39 weeks pregnant. She lost the baby in May.

Joshua’s mother, Lauren Lew, survived her injuries.

Miles earned a Tony in 2015 for her performance in “The King and I.” She reprised her role at the London Palladium Theatre three months after the crash.

Prosecutors said Bruns drove her Volvo S60 despite repeated doctors’ warnings that her history of seizures made her a lethal road risk.

She blacked out, ran a red light, mowed down Abigail and Joshua, and kept going, dragging Joshua’s stroller more than 350 feet before hitting a parked car.

Bruns, who was charged in a 10-count indictment, was facing the prospect of 15 years in prison.

She made bail on Sept. 5 after spending more than four months behind bars, and was beaten by one of her fellow inmates on Rikers Island, her lawyer said at a bail hearing in June.

Bruns, who also suffered from multiple sclerosis, had a poor driving history, with a dozen traffic violations since 2016 — including speeding in a school zone and running multiple red lights.

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