Driver charged in toddler deaths in crosswalk kills herself


The woman who had been charged with striking and killing Broadway star Ruthie Ann Miles' and her friend Lauren Lew's children with her auto has been found dead in her home from an apparent suicide.

Officials say 44-year-old Dorothy Bruns was found dead in her Staten Island home Tuesday. During the episode, she lost control of her auto, which traveled forward, fatally striking Joshua Lew, 1, and Abigail Blumstein, 4, who were crossing the intersection with their mothers, who were also injured. Blumenstein later lost her unborn child.

Dorothy Bruns was indicted earlier this year on charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and assault after she allegedly drove her vehicle through a crosswalk, killing Miles' daughter, 4-year-old Abigail, and Lew's son, 1-year-old Joshua.

She was facing 15 years behind bars and was due in court when she killed herself.

Bruns was freed on $75,000 bond in September.

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The seizure-prone Staten Island woman who had been charged with fatally mowing down two Park Slope kids in a crosswalk left behind a suicide note saying she couldn't "do this anymore", law enforcement sources told The Post Wednesday. Abigail died and her mother, who was 39 weeks pregnant at the time, was injured. A one-year-old child was also killed in the horrific crash.

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.

Her health issues had become such that this past January she went on medical leave from her job at ClearCaptions.

In September 2017, Bruns struck a pedestrian in Long Island City, Queens.