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Driver charged in toddler deaths in Brooklyn crosswalk kills herself

Posted at 11:14 PM, Nov 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 07:48:34-05

NEW YORK — Authorities say a woman who lost control of her car and fatally struck two toddlers in a Brooklyn crosswalk has died of an apparent suicide.

Forty-four-year-old Dorothy Bruns was found dead in her Staten Island home on Tuesday. Authorities say pills and a note were found nearby.

Bruns faced 15 years in jail after being charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, and assault following the accident in March.

Authorities say Bruns had a seizure while stopped at a red light. Her car drove forward, killing the 4-year-old daughter of Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Blumenstein and the 1-year-old son of another parent. Blumenstein later lost her unborn child.

Prosecutors say doctors had told Bruns not to drive after she had a previous medical episode while behind the wheel.

Resources: Getting help

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) . It is a free, 24/7 service that offers support, information, and local resources. You can also click here for additional hotlines within your state.

Left, Tony Award-winning actress Ruthie Ann Blumenstein is seen with her daughter, Abigail Blumenstein. Right, Lauren Lew is seen with her son 1-year-old Joshua. Both children died in a Park Slope crash on March 5, 2018. (gofundme)