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Cops take license of driver who fatally struck 2 Park Slope kids


The NYPD suspended the driver’s license Tuesday of the sickly woman who likely suffered a seizure before running a red light and killing two small Park Slope kids, sources said.


Dorothy Bruns could face manslaughter charges in the heartbreaking Monday afternoon deaths of a 1-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl out for an afternoon walk with their moms, said a police source with knowledge of the case.


“One small step that should have happened many months ago,” tweeted City Council member Brad Lander of Park Slope. “But glad it’s done.”


It could be months before Bruns, 44, lands in a courtroom, the source warned.

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“The case remains open,” said the source. “Usually, in cases like these, the DA and (NYPD) arrest the driver for manslaughter. That still could happen.”


Cops and the Brooklyn District Attorney will review the driver’s medical history and tests taken during her recent hospitalizations, the source indicated.


Authorities will also need to prove that Bruns was driving a car against the order of a doctor.


“This very tragic incident is under active investigation and we are looking into all aspects of this case,” said a spokesman for the district attorney.

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A former Staten Island neighbor confirmed that Bruns was struggling with serious health issues — including multiple sclerosis, which can increase the chances for a person to suffer from seizures.


“I don’t think she should have been driving, the way she looked,” said Mark Torres, 34, who lived on a different floor in the same house as Bruns. “She was hunched over, walked slow, slurring her words.


“She had a few strokes and a heart attack within a year.”

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A police source said Bruns suffered a pair of strokes while recently hospitalized, and her landlord said the tenant had a stent inserted due to her heart issues before she moved out two months ago.

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A police source indicated that Bruns probably had a medical episode before the fatal crash.


Video showed Bruns stopped at the light before creeping into the intersection and then accelerating into the victims on Fifth Ave. and Ninth St.


The little boy’s stroller was dragged 350 feet by the white Volvo.


Bruns continued driving after plowing into the kids and their moms, including Tony-winning Broadway star Ruthie Ann Miles — whose daughter Abigail was killed.

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The pregnant Miles remained in critical condition Tuesday after the horrific crash that also killed Joshua Lew, age 1, as his mother Lauren Lew walked the toddler inside a stroller.


“Ruthie Ann Miles is one of the most brilliant stars in the New York theater firmament,” said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “She is also a beloved friend, an incandescent human being, and at the center of The Public Theater family.


“We are holding her and hers in our hearts and thoughts, and will do everything we know how to support here and hers through the difficult days ahead. Our hearts are broken, but they are there for Ruthie. Always.”


Miles starred as Imelda Marcos in 2013 when the Public Theater presented the musical “Here Lies Love,” written and conceived by ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.

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Bruns, who remained hospitalized Tuesday at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, was taken into police custody after the 12:40 p.m. double fatality.

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An out-of-control vehicle struck them a 1-year-old in a stroller and a 4-year-old with her pregnant mom Monday in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

(Todd Maisel/New York Daily News)


Cops said her car was cited on four previous occasions for running red lights and another four for speeding through a school zone in 2016-17. She paid $1,145 in fines — and still owes $120.69.


Bruns only stopped after slamming into a parked car and finally coming to a stop, with several witnesses then keeping her at the scene.


“I never cry, but I and everybody else there yesterday was crying,” said eyewitness Lew Friedman, 77. “It was such a horrific scene. I called 911 immediately, I know a lot of people did.

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“Just seeing the kids with all the blood and one mother I saw with all the blood, it was just the most horrific scene I ever saw. It’s haunted me. It was really tough.”


Mayor de Blasio, greeted at his gym Tuesday morning by parents calling for safer local streets, traveled later with his wife Chirlane to a memorial at the crash scene.


The two placed flowers and candles and observed a moment of silence before departing.


A GoFundMe page to assist Miles, who won her Tony for a revival of “The King and I,” had already raised more than $100,000 by Tuesday morning.

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“Ruthie is beloved by her many friends and colleagues in the Broadway and touring communities,” read a message on the page. “She is always kind and always has a smile. It is our honor to help her in this difficult time.”


Sara Ng, who owns K Skincare next door to the Miles’ apartment, was among many devastated by the deaths of the two kids. She recalled seeing Ruthie Ann and Abigail come past her shop all the time.


“I didn’t know it was her until (Monday) night, very late — I read the news,” said Ng, 44. “They are very nice people. Very down to earth. I didn’t sleep last night.

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Ruthie Ann Miles with her daughter during the Actors’ Equity opening night in this 2017 file photo.

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“My husband and I cried. My husband cried — I have never seen my husband cry.”

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Mom Lauren Lew and her husband, both medical students, have a 6-month-old son Samuel who was home taking a nap at the time of the crash, according to an obviously distraught neighbor of the family.


Ng recalled that little Abigail, who occasionally visited her business, was exceptionally bright for her age.


“She was very smart, very pretty,” she said. “Very funny. Compared to other kids her age, she talked very smart. Very loving.”


The demonstrators greeted the mayor as he arrived at the Prospect Park YMCA for his daily workout, calling for City Hall to crack down on dangerous drivers zipping down local streets.

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Lauren Marie Lew, whose son was struck by a car in Brooklyn.

Lauren Marie Lew, whose son was struck by a car in Brooklyn.

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“I don’t want drivers pulled over for speeding, I want them not to be speeding in the first place,” said local dad and street safety advocate Doug Gordon.


“Because the minute they’re speeding is the minute that can hit somebody.”


Gordon was joined by two Park Slope mothers whose children were killed a few years earlier by automobiles in the neighborhood.


The mayor responded that statistics show enforcement is up under his Vision Zero program, adding the city will continue to crack down on drivers exceeding the speed limit.

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“Obviously we can change intersections, we can put up speed cameras — we can do a whole host of things,” the mayor said.


“But for the individuals that are going to break the law, the tool we have is enforcement. The stronger, the better.”

With Elizabeth Keough, Molly Crane-Newman, Andrew Keshner, Noah Goldberg

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