The New York woman charged with killing two toddlers after she drove through a red light and collided with them and their mothers at a crosswalk March 5, has died of an apparent suicide, according to police.
Authorities said Dorothy Bruns, 44, was found deceased inside of her Staten Island residence on Tuesday, with “pills and a note” discovered near her body, NBC New York reports, citing police.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Bruns hit two mothers with her car, including Lauren Lew and Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Miles, along with their two toddlers as they strolled across a Brooklyn crosswalk.
Lew lost her 1-year-old son, Josh Lew, due to the crash. Miles’ 4-year-old daughter, Abigail Blumenstein, also succumbed to her injuries following the wreck. Tragedy struck again when Miles, who was around 30-weeks pregnant at the time of the incident, lost her unborn baby in May, reportedly due to injuries sustained from the collision.
Dorothy Bruns, the woman police say drove her car through a Brooklyn crosswalk and killed a 1-year-old and 4-year-old child in Park Slope, has been found dead in her Staten Island home: https://t.co/4HGkUiw4ux
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) November 7, 2018
“The pain suffered by Ruthie and Jonathan is nearly impossible to fathom,” the actress’ attorney, Ben Rubinowitz, stated at the time. “As you might imagine, they are overwhelmed by the sadness of the deaths of their children.”
The two mothers were reportedly on their way to a church event when the horrific scene unfolded.
Bruns, who authorities said suffered from multiple sclerosis and drove against doctor’s orders at the time of the wreck, faced up to 15 years in prison on charges that included criminally negligent homicide. She bailed out of jail on a $75,000 bond in September.
It's not the midterms but it is another chapter to a heartbreaking New York City story—>> Dorothy Bruns was found dead in her bed, near an empty pill bottle and a note saying she no longer wanted to live https://t.co/KKVpv2y6Ky via @WSJ
— Zolan Kanno-Youngs (@KannoYoungs) November 7, 2018
If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
[Feature Photo: Ruthie Ann Miles via AP/Andy Kropa/Invision]