Published: Wed, November 07, 2018

Driver Charged With Killing 2 Children In Park Slope Crosswalk Found Dead

Driver Charged With Killing 2 Children In Park Slope Crosswalk Found Dead

Authorities say a woman who lost control of her auto and fatally struck the child of a Tony Award-winning Broadway actress and another toddler in a Brooklyn crosswalk has committed suicide.

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

Bruns, who suffered from multiple sclerosis and seizures, reportedly left a suicide note.

An NYPD spokesperson confirmed to ET that police were called to Bruns' Staten Island home for a wellness check after a friend said she hadn't heard from her.

Bottles of prescription pills were also found nearby.

The girl's mother is Tony Award-winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles.


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

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. She had been due back in court November 20.

Police said she was driving her sedan westbound on Park Slope's 9th Street near 5th Avenue when her vehicle struck a group of pedestrians, including a pair of mothers - each with a child in a stroller.

Blumenstein, who goes by the stage name Ruthie Ann Miles, won a featured actress Tony in 2015 for her role as Lady Thiang in a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'The King and I'. Laura Lew and her one-year-old son Joshua (right) were also hit. She was pronounced dead on the scene by emergency medical responders.

She had more than 10 traffic violations up to 2016, including speeding and running red lights.

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