Driver charged in death of actress' toddler kills herself

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Authorities say a woman who lost control of her vehicle and fatally struck two toddlers in a Brooklyn crosswalk has died of an apparent suicide.

Dorothy Bruns, 44, was discovered in her Staten Island home along with pills and a note, a senior law enforcement official told NBC 4 NY.

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.

The note said in part: "I'm sorry, I can't do this anymore", according to a police source.

Prior to the horrific March 5 auto crash that killed Joshua Lew, 1, and 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein, Bruns had been instructed not to drive.

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The driver of that auto, Dorothy Bruns, 44, allegedly lost control of the vehicle and faced 15 years in prison after being charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and assault. Miles, Lew and another pedestrian were all injured in the crash and Miles, who was seven months pregnant at the time, suffered a miscarriage months later due to injuries she sustained that day, according to NBC 4 NY.

Blumemstein, who is a Broadway actress, survived but her unborn baby died as a result of her injuries.

A background check of her driving shows she had about a dozen traffic violations against her since 2016, including speeding and running red lights.

Prosecutors say just three weeks before the incident, doctors told Bruns not to drive for at least one year because of a medical issue.

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