Medically ‘unfit’ driver, Dorothy Bruns, [sitting], of Staten Island is treated by EMS after her vehicle struck and killed a 1-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl on Monday in Brooklyn, NY
Police in New York stripped a sickly Staten Islander of her driver’s license Tuesday, too late to save two Brooklyn kids she ran over with her car after she suffered a seizure.
Dorothy Bruns still faces possible manslaughter charges in the heartbreaking Monday deaths of the 1-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl out for an afternoon walk with their moms in Park Slope, if only to ‘deter other reckless drivers who endanger others,’ police sources said.
However, authorities will need to prove that Bruns, 44, who battles a variety of health problems, including multiple sclerosis, was driving a car against the orders of a doctor, according to the source.
Dorothy Bruns calmly steps out her car to be checked out by EMS, after she crashed into parked cars as she tried to flee the accident scene on Monday in Brooklyn, NY
It has been reported that In the months before Bruns killed the young children while driving through Brooklyn, a neighbor worried about her taking the wheel.
Bruns was barely able to walk at times, and her MS could have increased her chances of seizures.
“I don’t think she should have been driving, the way she looked,” said Mark Torres who lives in the same house as Bruns, but on a different floor .
“She was hunched over, walked slow, slurring her words.
“She had a few strokes and a heart attack within a year.”
She was hospitalized after the afternoon crash in which her car dragged the little boy’s stroller for 350 feet, only stopping when she slammed into a parked car.
A child places flowers at the memorial site in Park Slope on March 5, 2018.
No charges were brought against her, and it could be months before Bruns lands in a courtroom, “The case remains open,” the source warned.
“Usually, in cases like these, the DA and [police] arrest the driver for manslaughter. That still could happen.”
Tony-winning actress, Ruthie Ann Blumenstein, whose stage name is Ruthie Ann Miles, and her friend Lauren Lew, both 34, lost children in the deadly crash at the busy Park Slope intersection, on Monday afternoon,. An out-of-control driver claiming to have suffered from a seizure ran a red light and scythed the women and their young children down along with another adult.
Cops and the Brooklyn district attorney reportedly will review the Brun’s medical history and tests taken during her recent hospitalizations. Initially Bruns stopped for the red light at the intersection, then crept into the busy intersection before accelerating into the kids and their mothers.
“We believe that she had a seizure,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “It’s a real tragedy, but we have to make sure that this woman should have been driving in the first place.”
One of the moms was Broadway star Ruthie Ann Miles, who won a Tony as best featured actress in a musical for the 2015 revival of “The King and I” and performed in the David Byrne Off-Broadway musical “Here Lies Love.”
Ruthie Miles, who is pregnant, remained in critical condition Tuesday after the horrific crash that took her daughter Abigail.
An out-of-control Dorothy Bruns driving the white Volvo [photo], struck a 1-year-old boy in a stroller and a 4-year-old girl Monday in Brooklyn, NY. The children’s moms, one of them pregnant, were also injured in the accident
Killed along with Abby was 1-year-old Joshua Lew, as his mother, Lauren Lew, wheeled the toddler inside a stroller. Lew was also hospitalized after the car plowed into the group.
Her father flew in from Hawaii after hearing the news, and went Tuesday to visit the site of the crash.
Mayor de Blasio was greeted Tuesday by Brooklyn parents demanding safer streets
He assured them that his Vision Zero plan was cracking down on bad drivers.
“Obviously we can change intersections, we can put up speed cameras — we can do a whole host of things,” the mayor said.
One-year-old Josh Lew in the arms of mom Lauren Lew who was injured in Monday’s tragic road accident
“But for the individuals that are going to break the law, the tool we have is enforcement. The stronger, the better.”
City Councilman Brad Lander of Park Slope cited Bruns’ sketchy driving record in what he called the too-late decision to yank her driving privileges.
Police said her car was cited on four previous occasions for running red lights and another four for speeding through a school zone from July 2016 to October 2017. She paid $1,145 and still owes $120.69 in fines.
“One small step that should have happened many months ago,” tweeted Lander. “But glad it’s done. We also have work to do to make sure that people with abhorrent driver’s records like this have their licenses taken away before they can kill our kids.”
A police source said Bruns suffered two strokes while hospitalized recently, and her landlord said his tenant had a stent inserted due to her heart issues before she moved out two months ago.
She was also taking medication for her ailments, according to a police source.
Bruns, who remained hospitalized Tuesday at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, was taken into police custody after the accident.
Ruthie Ann Miles with her daughter, Abigail. The four-year-old died in the accident and Ms Miles was left with injuries
“I never cry, but I and everybody else there yesterday was crying,” said witness Lew Friedman, 77. “It was such a horrific scene. I called 911 immediately, I know a lot of people did.
“Just seeing the kids with all the blood and one mother I saw with all the blood, it was just the most horrific scene I ever saw. It’s haunted me. It was really tough.”
Members of the community sobbed and hugged each other at a prayer service held at Greenwood Baptist Church Tuesday evening.
“We gather today in the wake of the unthinkable,” Pastor Caleb Clardy, of Grace Trinity Church told the 100 people gathered. “Our words fail to make sense of the pain.”
Friends and other members of the public turn up to mourn at a memorial for the two children on Tuesday
Neigbor Sarah Ng recalled that little Abigail, who occasionally popped into her business, was exceptionally bright for her age.
“She was very smart, very pretty,” she said. “Very funny. Compared to other kids her age, she talked very smart. Very loving.”
GoFundMe pages went up to benefit both families, with the one for the Lews noting that the couple was looking for an apartment as Charles Lew completed his medical residency.
Actress Ruthie Ann Blumenstein, aka Ruthie Ann Miles, [left] and her friend Lauren Lew [right] botth lost children in the deadly crash in a busy Park Slope intersection Monday afternoon, when an out-of-control driver, 44-year-old Dorothy Bruns claiming to have suffered from a seizure ran a red light.
New York mayor, Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, at a memorial for Josh, 1, and Abby, 4, killed in Monday’s Brooklyn car crash
The couple’s 6-month-old son Samuel was home taking an afternoon nap when the car slammed into his mother and big brother.
“So heartbroken . . . sending prayers for both families,” wrote one donor. “God bless them all. RIP little angels.”
Law enforcement provided no timetable for bringing charges against the driver.