The Staten Island driver who struck and killed a 4-year-old girl and 20-month-old boy in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood in March has been indicted, law-enforcement officials said on Thursday morning.
She claims it was a tragic accident, but Dorothy Bruns' presence in court on Thursday on charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and assault were the result of a grand jury deciding that she could have prevented the tragedy, but failed, criminally.
In fact, the DA's office said that when Bruns was discharged from the hospital in January, she was instructed to not drive for at least one year because of her medical condition.
She was instructed not to drive for one year due to her medical condition upon her discharge and again during follow-up appointments on January 16 and February 13, the DA's office says.
Killed were 1-year-old Joshua Lew and 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein.
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At the time, sources said Bruns suffers from seizures and may have been foaming at the mouth after the crash.
On Jan. 20, Bruns' vehicle was allegedly involved in a fender-bender on Staten Island and left the scene. "And was avoidable, had the defendant listened to what her doctor said".
Despite the severity of the crash, victim Ruthie Ann Miles, who was critically injured, and pregnant, was able to emerge from the ICU.
Essewin, said Bruns, who told cops she has multiple sclerosis, suffered three seizures on the day of the double-fatal crash - one as she was driving at the time of the collision, one in the ambulance after the harrowing incident, and one in the hospital. Her unborn child was not harmed.
Miles, who also starred in Season 4 of FX's The Americans, was crossing a street with friend Lauren Lew and their children, 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein and 1-year-old Joshua Lew, on March 5 when they were struck by the auto. "She should have never been allowed to be driving a auto after what we know". "Without driving she would be of no use to ClearCaptions". "I intend to now hold her accountable and urge all drivers to heed instructions of medical professionals and never drive a auto when told not to". "In fact, the doctor is insistent that she should not and could not safely operate a motor vehicle". She also was charged with a red light violation of disobeying a traffic device.