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Driver charged in toddler deaths in crosswalk kills herself

Driver charged in toddler deaths in crosswalk kills herself

The young children were crossing the busy Brooklyn intersection of Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue with their pal moms, Tony Award-winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles - the mother of Abigail - and Lauren Lew, the mom of Joshua, when Bruns struck all four of them and another person with her Volvo.

When the crash occurred in March, Bruns had allegedly been driving her vehicle westbound on 9th street when she allegedly ran a red light and struck a group of pedestrians, including Miles, Lew, and their children.

She also hit Abigail's mother, Ruth Blumenstein, who was 39 weeks pregnant.

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.

Blumemstein, who is a Broadway actress, survived but her unborn baby died as a result of her injuries.

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Prosecutors said a doctor told Bruns a couple of times not to drive.

She was facing 15 years behind bars and was due in court when she killed herself. A one-year-old child was also killed in the horrific crash.

The seizure-prone Staten Island woman who had been charged with fatally mowing down two Park Slope kids in a crosswalk left behind a suicide note saying she couldn't "do this anymore", law enforcement sources told The Post Wednesday.

Her health issues had become such that this past January she went on medical leave from her job at ClearCaptions.

She had more than 10 traffic violations up to 2016, including speeding and running red lights.