'I can't do this anymore': Woman who mowed down two children and injured pregnant woman commits suicide

Dorothy Bruns suffered from multiple sclerosis and had a seizure while driving that resulted in her running over and killing 4-year-old Abigail and 1-year-old Joshua


                            'I can't do this anymore': Woman who mowed down two children and injured pregnant woman commits suicide

A New York woman who accidentally killed two children and also cost a mother her unborn child killed herself inside her Staten Island apartment this past week. 45-year-old Dorothy Buns was found dead from overdosing on prescription pills and had left a note stating that she "can't do this anymore" and instructing those who found her to "not resuscitate" her.

According to the New York Post, she was found by a friend who went to check on the 45-year-old after she didn't hear from her and became concerned about her well-being. She was found on her bed surrounded by bottles of prescription pills that treated a variety of conditions ranging from high cholesterol, high blood pressure, seizures, heart disease, and depression. The note reportedly also gave the friend who found her the power of attorney.



 

The NYPD Chief of Detectives, while acknowledging the presence of a note, refused to address its contents during a press conference, "There was a suicide note recovered at the scene as well as evidence of prescription pills, and beyond that, I’ll defer to the [Medical Examiner] to conclude the investigation."

Bruns suffered from multiple sclerosis — a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord — and regular seizures. It would be one of these seizures that she experienced behind the wheel that resulted in her running over and killing four-year-old Abigail Blumenstein and one-year-old Joshua Lew.

Abigail's mother, Ruth Blumenstein — who happens to be a Tony Award-winning Broadway actress — was 39 weeks pregnant at the time and lost her unborn child due to the injuries she sustained in the accident. Joshua's mother, Laura Lew, was also injured but managed to survive the accident.

Just moments before the crash, the two children and their unsuspecting mothers had just gotten off a bus and were crossing a street when Bruns' white Volvo sped through an intersection at 9th Street and Fifth Avenue in Park Slope and slammed into them on the crosswalk. Daily Mail reports that the 45-year-old was barred from driving at the time of the accident because of previous offenses — in September 2017, she struck a pedestrian in Long Island, and she had also collected four speed violations and four red light violations.

The accident saw her charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, assault, and reckless driving. She was facing the prospect of 15 years in prison over the charges and was freed on a $75,000 bond this past September. She was due in court but killed herself before her trial went underway.

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, who happens to be a resident of Park Slope, had condemned the accident at the time and said that Bruns should "never have been allowed to drive," and proposed changes to state law that would make the streets safer and punish repeat offenders.

However, he expressed his condolences upon hearing the news of the 45-year-old's suicide, saying, "Any time someone takes their own life, it’s profoundly sad. And obviously, all we have focused on in terms of mental health is getting people the help they need and getting people to come forward with their problems, so that we can avert tragedies like this."