Driver charged in toddler deaths in Brooklyn crosswalk kills herself

Dorothy Bruns being taken into custody by the NYPD

Dorothy Bruns being taken into custody by the NYPD

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.

Officials say 44-year-old Dorothy Bruns was found dead in her Staten Island home Tuesday.

According to WCBS 2, Bruns was found during a police wellness check: "Officers found Bruns" body and evidence she had ingested pills, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

A police source told the magazine that a note was found "expressing [Bruns'] desire to no longer live".

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. Two months after the crash, Miles and her husband, Jonathan Blumenstein, suffered more heartbreak when they lost their unborn baby.

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

Bruns pleaded not guilty in May and faced a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted.

Ruthie Ann Miles and her family faced an unthinkable tragedy when her four-year-old daughter Abigail was struck and killed by a auto in New York City earlier this year.

Two year-old Abigail Blumenstein was killed in the tragedy.

In addition to manslaughter, Bruns was charged with criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, assault and reckless driving.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.

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