Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Driver charged in toddler deaths in crosswalk kills herself

Driver charged in toddler deaths in crosswalk kills herself

Police were called to her Staten Island address for a wellness check after a friend said she had not heard from her. Officers found Bruns' body and evidence she had ingested pills, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The body of 44-year-old Dorothy Bruns was discovered Tuesday afternoon.

Blumemstein, who is a Broadway actress, survived but her unborn baby died as a result of her injuries.

She had been repeatedly warned not to drive by doctors after suffering a previous medical episode.

She won for best featured actress in a musical in 2015 and had been due to play the same role in London's West End this summer.

Bruns was freed on $75,000 bond in September. Both children died in a Park Slope crash on March 5, 2018.


Ruthie Ann Miles and her family faced an unthinkable tragedy when her four-year-old daughter Abigail was struck and killed by a auto in New York City earlier this year.

She was 39 weeks pregnant. She lost her unborn baby. A one-year-old child was also killed in the horrific crash.

Horrifying video captured at the scene shows the white auto rolling into the crosswalk as the unsuspecting pedestrians are struck.

Miles is best known for her Tony Award-winning performance as Lady Thiang in the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I.

The crash prompted Mayor Bill de Blasio, a traffic safety advocate who lives in Park Slope, to propose changes to state laws that would extend and expand speed enforcement cameras around school zones, escalate fines for repeat offenders up to $350, and strip vehicle registration for risky drivers. A background check of her driving shows she had about a dozen traffic violations against her since 2016, including speeding and running red lights. According to CBS 2 New York, Bruns, 44, told investigators at the time she had suffered a seizure before the incident. Bruns came up negative for possible drug or alcohol traces.

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