On Monday, two mothers and passersby were horrified to see a woman jumping a red light and killing two small kids. The reckless driver is Dorothy Bruns from Staten Island. Here is everything you need to know about the case.
One-year-old Joshua Lew and four-year-old Abigail Blumenstein were out with their mothers, Lauren Lew and Ruthie Ann Blumenstein respectively, at Ninth St. and Fifth Ave. in Park Slope when they were hit by a car, after the driver blew through a red light.
According to reports, Ruthie Ann Blumenstein is a 2015 Tony-winning Broadway actress under the stage name Ruthie Ann Miles. She was pregnant, and fell on the ground face first. Lauren Lew has a six-month-old son, Samuel, and her husband, William Durston, is concerned about her health and mental well-being.
The victims were immediately taken to New York-Presbyterian Methodist Brooklyn Hospital. The mothers suffered minor injuries, but unfortunately, their kids were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver is 44-year-old Dorothy Bruns, who has a history of being cited for running red lights. After fatally striking the children, Bruns reportedly tried to drive away, but ended up crashing into several cars on Ninth St.
She was stopped by witnesses and taken into custody by police. Witnesses said that her car dragged Josh’s stroller for almost an entire block before hitting the parked cars.
Mayor de Blasio said, “For Chirlane and I obviously this is very personal. It occurred in our neighborhood, very, very close to our home. This loss of life is tragic and painful for all of us, particularly those of us who are parents.”
One witness, Jennifer Muñiz, said that she just stepped out of the bank and saw the white Volvo heading down the Ninth St.
She explained that when Bruns came to the intersection of Fifth Ave., she checked both ways and kept driving, despite the light being red.
Adding that there were multiple people hit, a stroller under her car, and Abigail was on the ground covered in blood, Muñiz believes that the driver was not at all concerned.
She said, “When they took her out, she was just standing there, like nothing. No emotion. Not sad. Not crying. Not asking questions: ‘Is everybody all right?’ Not shaking. Nothing.”
Bruns later explained to officials that she was at the intersection waiting for the red light to change, but accidentally hit the accelerator while the mothers and kids were at the crosswalk.
She spoke of a medical condition, and was taken to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn. Her relatives claim that she suffered a seizure while driving. The investigation is still ongoing and no charges have been made against Bruns.