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

The woman police say drove her auto through a Brooklyn crosswalk and killed a 1-year-old and 4-year-old child, leaving several others injured, has been found dead in her Staten Island home.

Dorothy Bruns, 44, was found dead in her Staten Island home by a friend on Tuesday afternoon. The AP reports that they found pills and a suicide note at the scene.

Bruns suffered from multiple sclerosis and was prone to seizures.

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.

Prosecutors said a doctor had told Bruns to not drive, and her driving record revealed several past violations, including speeding and running red lights.

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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. Her vehicle drove forward, killing the 4-year-old daughter of Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Blumenstein and the 1-year-old son of another parent.

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

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. A one-year-old child was also killed in the horrific crash.

In the past, medics had been dispatched to Bruns' home numerous times following 911 calls that she needed emergency medical help. And in September 2017, she struck a pedestrian in Long Island City, after which the NYPD reportedly failed to investigate the incident.

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