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Woman Charged With Killing Broadway Star’s Daughter In Fatal Crash Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide

Despite repeated warnings not to drive, Dorothy Bruns plowed into actress Ruthie Ann Miles, her 4-year-old daughter and others after suffering a seizure, authorities say. Miles, who was pregnant at the time, suffered a miscarriage after the crash. 

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

A New York City woman who had been charged in a car crash that killed a Broadway star's unborn baby, her 4-year-old daughter and another child was found dead Tuesday, having apparently taken her own life.

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

A friend hadn't heard from Bruns in a while and found her body while checking up on her, an NYPD source told People.

Bruns had been facing a slew of charges, including criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and assault, all stemming from the crash, according to the New York Daily News

Bruns had a seizure behind the wheel and ran a red light on the afternoon of March 5, killing two children: 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein, the daughter of award-winning stage actress Ruthie Ann Miles, and 1-year-old Joshua Lew, the young son of Miles’ friend, Lauren Lew. 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 New York.

Prosecutors alleged that Bruns continued to drive even though doctors repeatedly warned her not to because of ongoing health issues, which included a multiple sclerosis diagnosis and frequent seizures, the Daily News reported.

Bruns pleaded not guilty in May and faced a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted.

Miles took home a Tony award in 2015 for best featured actress for her performance in “The King And I.” Her family took to social media following the accident in March to thank fans for their prayers and support.

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