No words: Driver who killed kids in Slope, now free on bail, silent after latest court hearing

Free for now: Driver Dorothy Bruns is out on bail following a five month stay at Rikers Island, and will return to Supreme Court next month following her Wednesday hearing.
Brooklyn Daily
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The driver who struck and killed two children in Park Slope in March returned to Supreme Court on Wednesday for a hearing she later walked out of as a free woman after making bail last month following a five-month stint on Rikers Island.

Motorist Dorothy Bruns feels horribly about her deadly collision with 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein and 1-year-old Joshua Lew — which also injured three others including Blumenstein’s then-pregnant mother, actress Ruthie Ann Miles, who later lost her unborn baby due to complications from her injuries — her lawyer David Jacobs said after the hearing, but she refused to speak with this reporter herself while leaving the Jay Street courthouse, running into a nearby parking garage to avoid answering questions.

The Staten Islander faces charges that include a top count of reckless manslaughter for driving her car through a red light into the victims crossing Fifth Avenue and Ninth Street, after prosecutors’ investigation found that her doctor forbade her from getting behind the wheel due to her history of seizures, one of which she likely suffered at the time of the crash.

Bruns, however, plead not guilty at a May arraignment, and continues to maintain her innocence, with Jacobs arguing his client’s doctor cleared her to drive before the day of the deadly incident in a note he wrote saying that she could resume her job transporting large phones for the deaf — which the lawyer said the physician knew required her to drive — after seizures struck her in January.

The defendant, who shed the back and leg braces she wore to earlier hearings at her latest court appearance, is expected to return for another pre-trial hearing on Nov. 20.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Posted 12:00 am, October 4, 2018
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Kacey from Brooklyn says:
I actually saw this goofball chasing this woman on jay st after her hearing! Young idiot that has a lot of things to learn in life. He looks like he should be collecting bottles for the refunds.
Oct. 4, 2018, 12:20 am
Helen from Brooklyn says:
He’s older than the children she killed will ever get to be. This woman should rot from the inside out.
Oct. 5, 2018, 2:24 am
Jaime from Brooklyn says:
This whole accident was a tradgedy. But the key word is accident. Yes, it’s unfortunate that two young lives were lost but Dorothy didn’t wake up that day and set out on agenda. She had a family of her own that she was trying to support and make a living for. So to be extremely harsh towards another life wishing death makes you just as bad. She’s a woman with an incurable illness that she didn’t ask for and her onset of it put her in the wrong place at the wrong time. But prayers towards both sides of this case. It’s a loss for everyone! Considering people lost their children and children are losing out on their mother.
Oct. 28, 2018, 6:06 pm
Lynn from Los Angeles says:
Jaime you sound as if you're related to this woman...adamantly defending her actions! You're correct that she did not wake up that morning and intend to run over and kill these 2 children. However, she is guilty of involuntary manslaughter since she ignored her doctor's order of not getting behind the wheel. Also, it was reported that she had at least 4 other prior traffic accidents and again chose to ignore her doctor's recommendations. It's her own selfishness and gross negligence which led to a tragedy that could have been prevented. Ultimately, she had a moral responsibility to arrange for other mode of transportation (i.e. family members, Uber, taxi).
Oct. 29, 2018, 2:06 am
Jaime from Brooklyn says:
I’m not related to her, nor did I say she wasn’t guilty. But the woman above was claiming she should rot from the inside out. There are also papers that say her doctor ok her to return to a normal schedule. Either way everything will come along it’s just an unfortunate situation all around. People make unfixable mistakes but now her four children will go through life not having their mother around. So yes your right as a mother you must wake up everyday and know every decision you make can also effect the lives of your children. Heartbreaking for everyone!
Oct. 29, 2018, 11:19 pm
Lynn from Los Angeles says:
Jaime - I think people would be more sympathetic towards this woman if this was her first incident esp. where she had absolutely no control of her actions due to her seizures. However, it was confirmed that she had 4 prior speeding violations in a school zone within one year. Also, a background check of her driving records shows she had about a dozen traffic violations against her since 2016, including speeding and running red lights. (You can read more at You said that people make "unfixable mistakes". This lady's actions were not simply "mistakes", but rather a complete disregard for the laws, authority, and human life. Yes, it's sad that her children will have to suffer while she spends many years behind bars. But that's the unfortunate outcome of the decisions she made. And she has no one to blame except herself. It's shameful that we live in a society where no one wants to take accountability for their own actions.
Oct. 30, 2018, 3:34 am
Magumba from Brooklyn says:
Lynn, she is dead now, happy? J I'm with you.
Nov. 7, 2018, 9:55 pm
Marie Becker from New Jersey says:
I do not know this woman but I know from watching older adults, it is difficult to give up your ability to drive, especially, if you need to get back and forth to a job. However, this woman did not plan on hurting anyone that day. It was not premeditated murder. It was an unfortunate accident and I would imagine that her life changed from that unfortunate day. I would imagine that the incident caused her continuous heart ache, so to post such harsh comments is despicable.
Nov. 11, 2018, 9:22 am
Deb from Massachusetts says:
Nope...not despicable...just the truth. I wagervtgat if your child were killed by this self enteted, entitled might feel differently.
Nov. 13, 2018, 7:56 am
Tanya Caro from Cali says:
My dad suffered from the same sickness. He was a good guy but he claimed he had to take my grandma to the store and doctors. He was such a good guy but sometimes he would forget to take 1 pill and he would black out. Sometime you can't accept that you have no control over your own Brian. You are not a bad person or criminal if you have no control of your Brian which comes with making bad decisions. If you don't know than you should not judge....
Nov. 17, 2018, 12:06 am
Mito from Brooklyn says:
She made an accident?? Yeah 8 times and in school zones take your compassion elsewhere she deserve what she got ,kids were killed cause of her negligence to stop driving she was told to stop and continued you feel bad for her what about the parents they will never see their kids again and they saw them die in a horrific way she gother what she deserved
Nov. 21, 2018, 10:51 am
Elizabeth Romer from Park Slope says:
There aren’t any winners here......this is as sad as it gets. I’m praying for both sides.....victim as well as defendant. This accident happened down the street from where I live. To see Ms. Bruns TEXTING as she lay on the EMS gurney?? Hey the sight of that made my blood boil. I think suicide was the easy way out for her. The court should’ve seen this coming....bail shouldn’t been granted. Heart goes out to the victims....God Bless.
Nov. 25, 2018, 6:50 am
Lynn from Los Angeles says:
Magumba, Basic reading comprehension is fundamental here. Understand that no one is happy that the suspect took her own life. The original poster claimed that the suspect made a "mistake" that anyone could have made. Myself (and many others) are simply refuting that the series of unfortunate events were not a simple "mistake" but rather all of this could have been prevented if the suspect had some respect for the law and taken personal and social responsibility.
Dec. 10, 2018, 10:44 pm

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