Driver charged with killing two children and unborn baby 'kills herself'

Lamar Ellis
November 8, 2018

A woman who lost control of her vehicle in a crash that killed the toddler and unborn child of a pregnant Broadway actress has died in an apparent suicide.

Dorothy Bruns, 44, was discovered in her Staten Island home along with pills and a note, a senior law enforcement official told NBC 4 NY. On Tuesday, eight months after the accident, the New York Police Department confirmed Bruns was found dead from an apparent suicide.

Bruns was ultimately hit with a 10-count indictment on charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, assault, and reckless driving related to the crash.

When the crash occurred in March, Bruns had allegedly been driving her auto westbound on 9th street when she allegedly ran a red light and struck a group of pedestrians, including Miles, Lew, and their children.

The crash also injured Miles' friend Lauren Lew, and killed her 1-year-old son, Joshua.

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A driver who faced 15 years in jail for killing two young children and an unborn baby has taken her own life, police say.

Prosecutors alleged that Bruns continued to drive even though doctors repeatedly warned her not to because of ongoing health issues, which included a multiple sclerosis diagnosis and frequent seizures, the Daily News reported.

She won for best featured actress in a musical in 2015 and had been due to play the same role in London's West End this summer.

Bruns was freed on $75,000 bond in September. Both children died in a Park Slope crash on March 5, 2018. She was pronounced dead on the scene by emergency medical responders.

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