Dorothy Bruns was charged back in May 2018 over a fatal car collision that killed Broadway star Ruthie Ann Miles’ four-year-old daughter and a one-year-old boy. Now news has emerged that Bruns was found dead in her apartment on November 6, 2018.
On March 5, 2018, Dorothy Bruns allegedly jumped a red light and hit a then-pregnant Ruthie Ann Miles, Miles’ four-year-old daughter Abigail Blumenstein, Lauren Lew, Lew’s one-year-old son Joshua Lew, and an unidentified fifth person while they were crossing the street in Brooklyn, New York.
The women and the unidentified fifth victim were rushed to hospital, but Abigail and Joshua died at the scene. Two months later, Miles lost the child she’d been expecting.
Eight months after the accident, on November 6, 2018, 44-year-old Dorothy Bruns was found dead in her house from an apparent suicide, the New York Police Department confirmed.
The authorities were called to Bruns’ Staten Island home by her friend, who hadn’t head from Bruns in a few days. The woman found Bruns unconscious in a bedroom.
A police source said that Bruns died from an overdose and a note was found near her body “expressing [her] desire to no longer live.”
After the collision, Bruns was charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault, and reckless endangerment. She faced 15 years in prison.
Bruns claimed she suffered from a seizure on March 5, which allegedly caused her to lose control of her car while stopped at a red light. Before the collision, Bruns, who suffered from multiple sclerosis and was prone to seizures, had been advised by her doctors not to drive.
In September 2018, Bruns was freed on a $75,000 bond. Her last court appearance was in October, where she turned down a plea deal on manslaughter charges. She was supposed to be back in court on November 20, 2018.
The investigation into the death of Dorothy Bruns is ongoing.