Grand jury in NY indicts Dorothy Bruns, driver who killed two kids after losing control of car in Park Slope hit with manslaughter, negligent homicide
New York woman who killed two kids after losing control of car in Park Slope hit found liable
Grand jury indicted Dorothy Bruns with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and assault charges for the deadly Mar 5 crash in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York
Bruns, 44, ran a red traffic light and hit pedestrians at a crossing killing two toddlers and injuring their mothers, on Mar 5, then attempted to flee the scene only to be stopped by onlookers
Actress Ruthie Ann Miles was injured while her four-year-old daughter Abigail Blumenstein, died after they were struck by Bruns’ Volvo
One-year-old Joshua Lew died after Bruns dragged his pram for half a block. His pregnant mom, Luren Lew, was also hit and hospitalized by the fleeing driver
Bruns, who has multiple sclerosis, claimed she had a seizure before she ran a red light the children, cops belatedly stripped her of her driver’s license the following day.
She had a history of medical emergencies necessitating EMS rushing to her home, and multiple driving infractions, raising questions about whether she should have been driving at all
In Sept, she struck a pedestrian in Long Island, but the crash wasn’t properly documented
Three days before the crash medics responded to her apt, after a 911 caller said Bruns was having heart problems
She’d also racked up 12 traffic violations since 2016, including speeding in a school zone and running red lights
A Brooklyn grand jury has voted to indict a Staten Island woman who lost control of her car and killed two children, one of them the daughter of a Tony award-winning actress, sources said.
The grand jury hit Dorothy Bruns, [photo, left], with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and assault charges for the deadly March 5 crash on 9th St. near 5th Ave. in Park Slope, the sources said.
Grand jury has indicted Dorothy Bruns, [photo], with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and assault charges for the deadly March 5 crash on 9th St. near 5th Ave. in Park Slope, NY
That was one of a number of times medics had to go to her home. In addition, she had racked up 12 traffic violations since 2016, including speeding in a school zone and running red lights, which the question of whether she should have been driving at all.
In January, she went on medical leave from her job for about a month. Neighbours said she looked so sickly they worried about her driving.
“I don’t think she should have been driving, the way she looked,” said Mark Torres, 34, in March. “She was hunched over, walked slow, slurring her words.”
Victims: Actress Ruthie Ann Miles [photo, left], with her daughter Abigail who was struck and killed by Bruns’ car in Brooklyn on March 5, 2018. Lauren Lew is seen [photo, right], with her infant son Joshua Lew who died after Bruns hit and dragged his pram for half a block while attempting to flee. Pregnant Lauren was also injured
Dorothy Bruns was driving the white Volvo [photo],when she struck and killed 1-year-old Joshua Lew in a stroller and a 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein on Mar 5, 2018 in Brooklyn, NY. The children’s mothers, one of them pregnant, were also injured in the accident
In September 2017, Bruns had been involved in another traffic related personal injury after she struck a pedestrian in Long Island City, but that crash may have escaped attention because it was not properly documented.
Investigators were previously trying to determine whether her doctors had told her not to drive. If she had been told not to drive, and still got behind the wheel, that could have been enough for the grand jury to charge her.
New York mayor, Bill de Blasio, had stated the same views immediately after the deadly crash:”She should never have been allowed to have been driving a car after what we know of these other violations,” de Blasio said last month.
Bruns was arrested and will be arraigned at some point Thursday afternoon.
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