NYC Crosswalk Crash Killed Daughter of Broadway Star

Driver claims to have suffered a seizure
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2018 11:15 AM CST
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio testifies during a hearing in Albany, NY, on Feb. 5, 2018.   (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
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(Newser) – Feelings of heartbreak in the wake of a horrifying incident at a New York City crosswalk Monday have turned to feelings of outrage with new details emerging about the driver who allegedly struck and killed two young children and critically injured a pregnant Broadway star. As SILive.com reports, the white Volvo sedan driven by 44-year-old Dorothy Bruns has been cited in 12 "open parking and camera violations"—four for running a red light and four for speeding through a school zone—in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island since 2016. However, Bruns' license, suspended Tuesday, showed a clean driving record ahead of Monday's incident, in which she allegedly crept into an intersection before suddenly accelerating through a red light, report People and the Wall Street Journal.

Twenty-month-old Joshua Lew, who was dragged in a stroller, and 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein were killed. Blumenstein's pregnant mother, 2015 Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles, was injured, in addition to Lew's mother. Miles is currently in stable condition, with no harm done to her unborn child, per the New York Daily News. Bruns, who claims to have had a seizure and was reportedly foaming at the mouth, hasn't been charged, as it's unclear if a medical condition should've kept her from driving. But "I wish she was under arrest right now," NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, per the AP. "She should never have been allowed to have been driving a car after what we know of these other violations," he added. "Measures need to be taken to ensure she will not drive a car anymore."

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