Driver charged in toddler deaths in Brooklyn crosswalk kills herself

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

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

Dorothy Bruns, 44, was found dead in her Staten Island home by a friend on Tuesday afternoon. When police arrived, Bruns was found unconscious and unresponsive in a bedroom with no obvious signs of trauma.

Bruns suffered a seizure while stopped at a red light, promping her vehicle to lurch forward into the youngsters and pregnant mother.

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

Ruthie Ann Miles and daughter Abigail pictured in 2017.

Bruns faced 15 years in prison after being charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and assault following the accident in March. During the episode, she lost control of her vehicle, which traveled forward, fatally striking Joshua Lew, 1, and Abigail Blumstein, 4, who were crossing the intersection with their mothers, who were also injured. Two months after the crash, Miles and her husband, Jonathan Blumenstein, suffered more heartbreak when they lost their unborn baby.

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

At the time of the March vehicle crash, Bruns claimed to have had a seizure behind the wheel and later pleaded not guilty.

Two year-old Abigail Blumenstein was killed in the tragedy.

Bruns told local authorities that she has no recollection of the incident and was unaware of what she had done until she was notified.

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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