On March 5, 2018, Lauren Lew and Ruthie Ann Blumenstein were involved in an accident that claimed the lives of their young kids. The driver of the vehicle, Dorothy Bruns, was finally arrested and formally charged.
Dorothy Bruns from Staten Island ran a red light at 9th St. and 5th Avenue in Park Slope, killing two kids, and injuring their mothers, Lauren Lew and Ruthie Ann Blumenstein.
In the latest update of this case, as of May 3, Bruns was arrested on manslaughter charges. Prosecutors claim that the children’s deaths should never have happened.
According to reports, two months before the accident, a medical issue caused Bruns to drive into a parked car, following which she suffered a seizure. While in the hospital, and during two additional appointments, Bruns’ doctor instructed her not to get behind the wheel. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez commented in a press conference that she instead decided to make the “selfish decision to drive.”
However, defense attorney, David Jacobs argued that Bruns was given a letter by the same neurologist that mentioned she can continue doing regular activities.
He further added that she may not fare well in prison, as an unrelated incident fractured Bruns’ feet.
On March 5, she had another seizure while stopped at a red light in Park Slope, Brooklyn. At this time, she drove into actress Ruthie Ann Blumenstein, her four-year-old daughter, Abigail, as well as Lauren Lew, and her one-year-old son, Joshua. Another unidentified victim was also injured.
In court on Thursday, prosecutor Craig Esswein said, “She didn’t listen, for whatever selfish reasons, and she continued to drive. And unfortunately, two families lost children because of the defendant’s selfishness.”
Many witnesses and first responders noted that Bruns was foaming from the mouth after the crash. Bruns reportedly told officials that she had no recollection of the accident, or seeing the victims.
Bruns was arrested from her house in Staten Island, and pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn court. She is charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and reckless driving.
Her bail is set at $75,000. If convicted, she could face up to 15 years in jail.