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Authorities Suspend License Of Driver That Mowed Down 2 Kids, 2 Moms In Park Slope

March 06, 2018 - 5:55 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Authorities have suspended the license of the driver who plowed through an intersection and into a crosswalk Monday, killing a 4-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy and critically injuring a pregnant woman.

She also may face manslaughter charges, according to a report in the Daily News.

Witnesses say a car blew through the red light, smashing into two mothers and their children in the crosswalk at 9th Street and 5th Avenue in Park Slope.

Sources told the Daily News that Dorothy Bruns, 44, likley suffered a seizure that caused her to accelerate and crash into the victims. Bruns could face manslaughter charges in the crash that killed 1-year-old Joshua Lew and 4-year-old Abigail Bernstein, daughter of Tony-award winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles who was also struck and critically injured. Miles is 7 months pregnant.

Bruns has health issues and suffers from MS, police sources told the DN.

Jennifer saw the tragic incident.

"She hit a pregnant woman, she had a baby in her carriage, and she had one in her hand. The one she had in the hand, when she hit her she just kept dragging her and then she kept dragging the other baby in the carriage," she said.

Bruns has a driving record marked with tickets for running red lights and speeding through school zones, according to the Daily News.

On Tuesday, about 100 local residents gathered and chanted 'safe streets now', some of them were carrying signs mocking Vision Zero, as they greeted Mayor Bill de Blasio about a block from where the children were killed.

The mayor stopped and had a lengthy exchange with parent Doug Gordon who demanded a concrete plan.

"I hear the point man, but I also want to say the enforcement has been growing every single year and that's numerical. You can see it. I can show you the facts there has been more enforcement than ever. The speed cameras have had a huge impact, we need a hell of a lot more," he said.

Police in the neighborhood were seen pulling over drivers for speeding and not yielding on Tuesday morning.

A Go Fund Me set up on Miles' behalf has raised over $250,000 by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The goal was $5,000.