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Driver charged in toddler deaths in Brooklyn crosswalk kills herself

07 November 2018

The woman who fatally hit two children with her vehicle in a Brooklyn crosswalk and caused one of their mother's to lose her unborn child earlier this year has committed suicide.

Bruns was facing manslaughter charges after hitting the two children and their mothers in Park Slope in March.

The 44-year-old had a seizure when she stopped at a red light before the fatal crash, according to authorities.

Police were called to her Staten Island address for a wellness check after a friend said she had not heard from her. Officers found Bruns' body and evidence she had ingested pills, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Abigail was killed and her mother was taken to hospital, where she lost the baby girl she had been expecting with husband Jonathan Blumenstein.

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Burns was freed on $75,000 bond in September. Her auto drove forward, killing Ruthie Ann Blumenstein's 4-year-old daughter and the 1-year-old son of another parent.

Left, Tony Award-winning actress Ruthie Ann Blumenstein is seen with her daughter, Abigail Blumenstein.

She won for best featured actress in a musical in 2015 and had been due to play the same role in London's West End this summer. She also had numerous speeding tickets in the years before the crash.

On March 5, Bruns was behind the wheel of her auto when she fatally hit two children in a Brooklyn crosswalk and caused a woman to lose her unborn child.

Additionally in the past two years she accrued four speed violations and four red light violations.

Driver charged in toddler deaths in Brooklyn crosswalk kills herself