Driver charged in death of actress' toddler kills herself


Dorothy Bruns, 44, was found dead in her New York City home and police say pills and a note were found nearby. On Tuesday, eight months after the accident, the New York Police Department confirmed Bruns was found dead from an apparent suicide.

The driver of that auto, Dorothy Bruns, 44, allegedly lost control of the vehicle and faced 15 years in prison after being charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and assault.

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.

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

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

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Prior to the horrific March 5 auto crash that killed Joshua Lew, 1, and 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein, Bruns had been instructed not to drive. Both children died in a Park Slope crash on March 5, 2018. She lost her unborn baby. She also had numerous speeding tickets in the years before the crash.

Left, Tony Award-winning actress Ruthie Ann Blumenstein is seen with her daughter, Abigail Blumenstein.

The crash prompted Mayor Bill de Blasio, a traffic safety advocate who lives in Park Slope, to propose changes to state laws that would extend and expand speed enforcement cameras around school zones, escalate fines for repeat offenders up to $350, and strip vehicle registration for unsafe drivers.

In the past, medics had been dispatched to Bruns' home numerous times following 911 calls that she needed emergency medical help.

"The pain suffered by Ruthie and Jonathan is almost impossible to fathom", their lawyer Ben Rabinowitz told the New York Daily News at the time.