Woman indicted in Park Slope crash that killed 2 children

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Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez says a Staten Island woman was indicted in the March Park Slope crash that killed two children.

Dorothy Bruns, 44, was charged in a 10-count indictment for the crash that killed 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein and 1-year-old Joshua Lew.

Bruns suffered a seizure at the time of the crash and had been instructed not to drive following a previous crash and hospitalization, according to the DA.

“The loss of Abigail and Joshua was a horrific – and avoidable – tragedy that devastated their loved ones and hurt so many of their friends and neighbors,” the DA said in a statement. “After a thorough investigation that started in the hours after the crash, my office indicted the driver for recklessly causing their deaths. Her alleged insistence on driving despite doctor’s orders and serious medical conditions that prevented her from safely doing so was not only irresponsible, it was unlawful. I intend to now hold her accountable and urge all drivers to heed instructions of medical professionals and never drive a car when told not to.” 

Bruns’ charges include second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and third-degree assault. She was ordered held on bail of $75,000 bond or $25,000 cash.

Bruns kept her eyes down and covered her face with her hair as she sat in court this afternoon. She softly said "No" with tears in her eyes as police escorted her out of the courtroom.

Bruns is due in court June 13. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the top charge.

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