Driver charged in death of actress' toddler kills herself

Driver charged in death of actress' toddler kills herself

The New York woman charged in a fatal auto accident that killed the toddler and unborn child of a pregnant Broadway actress was found dead of an apparent suicide in her Staten Island home Wednesday, a police spokesperson told Fox News.

Dorothy Bruns, 44, was found dead in her Staten Island home by a friend on Tuesday afternoon.

Police were called to her Staten Island address for a wellness check after a friend said she had not heard from her. Officers found Bruns' body and evidence she had ingested pills, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

On March 5, Bruns was behind the wheel of her auto when she fatally hit two children in a Brooklyn crosswalk and caused a woman to lose her unborn child.

A police source told the magazine that a note was found "expressing [Bruns'] desire to no longer live".

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Bruns suffered a seizure while stopped at a red light, promping her vehicle to lurch forward into the youngsters and pregnant mother.

Burns - who had eight infringement tickets from red-light and speed cameras prior to the crash and was advised by doctors not to drive - faced 15 years in jail, but was freed in September on a USA $75,000 bond, She was scheduled to appear in court again on November 20. She pleaded not guilty and was released on bail in September.

Two year-old Abigail Blumenstein was killed in the tragedy. Abigail's pregnant mom, Tony-winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles, later lost her near-term baby.

Bruns was facing a 15-year jail term after being charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and assault.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).

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