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November 18, 2018

Staten Island motorist who fatally struck two children in Park Slope crosswalk found dead of apparent suicide: cops

November 7, 2018
Dorothy Bruns (pictured behind white car), driver of the car that hit at least two children in Park Slope apparently committed suicide in her home Tuesday. (Todd Maisel / New York Daily News)

The seizure-prone Staten Island motorist who killed two young children and struck both of their mothers on a Park Slope sidewalk apparently killed herself in her home Tuesday, police sources said.

Dorothy Bruns, 45, was found dead in her Concord apartment just before 5 p.m., with bottles of pills and a suicide note nearby, sources said. The note essentially said she was “tired of living like this,” according to sources.




LEFT: Ruthie Ann Miles with her daughter who was struck by a car in Brooklyn on March 5, 2018.RIGHT: Lauren and Joshua Lew are pictured in an undated photo.
LEFT: Ruthie Ann Miles with her daughter who was struck by a car in Brooklyn on March 5, 2018.RIGHT: Lauren and Joshua Lew are pictured in an undated photo. (Facebook)

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 got behind the wheel of a Volvo S60 despite repeated doctors’ warnings that her history of seizures made her a lethal road risk.

She blacked out, blew through 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 checkered driving history, with a dozen traffic violations since 2016 — including speeding in a school zone and running multiple red lights.

She was involved in a hit-and-run fender-bender two months before the horrific Park Slope crash, and struck a pedestrian in Long Island City, Queens, in Sept. 2017, but the crash wasn’t properly documented, The News reported in February.

Her driving history drew a rebuke from Mayor de Blasio, who said in May she had no business behind the wheel.

“There’s no reason she should have been driving,” de Blasio said. “And we need to reform our state laws to stop that from happening again.




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