- Authorities have charged a Staten Island woman for driving through a red light and running over two children, killing them, in a Brooklyn crosswalk two months ago.
The charges against 55-year-old Dorothy Bruns include manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, assault, and disobeying a red light.
The NYPD says the victims' families have been notified of Bruns' charges. The auto slammed into several pedestrians, killing Abigail Blumenstein, 4, and Joshua Lew, 1, and injuring others.
According to investigators, he said Bruns suffered a seizure, and drove into another auto on January 8.
On Jan. 20, Bruns' auto was allegedly involved in a fender-bender on Staten Island and left the scene.
Miles, who was pregnant at the time, was taken to a hospital. "I do not know why she was let go", the mayor said. She was later released from intensive care, and her unborn child was said to be unharmed.
Miles, who also starred in Season 4 of FX's The Americans, was crossing a street with friend Lauren Lew and their children, 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein and 1-year-old Joshua Lew, on March 5 when they were struck by the vehicle.
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Witnesses at the scene of the crash alleged Bruns had her head hanging back as she drove a 2016 Volvo S60 sedan through the intersection.
A neurologist gave Bruns a letter clearing her for her "regular activities", her lawyer said in court.
In mid-February, according to the prosecutor, the 44-year-old multiple sclerosis patient was ordered by her doctor not to drive for a year.
"The loss of Abigail and Joshua was a horrific and avoidable tragedy that devastated their loved ones and hurt so many of their friends and neighbors", Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said. "I intend to now hold her accountable and urge all drivers to heed instructions of medical professionals and never drive a vehicle when told not to".
"After a thorough investigation that started in the hours after the crash, my office indicted the driver for recklessly causing their deaths". "In fact, the doctor is insistent that she should not and could not safely operate a motor vehicle". Police then arrested her at her home.
During the investigation, police discovered that Bruns had a medical episode in January while driving and crashed her auto into a parked vehicle, according to Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.