No road out: Driver charged with manslaughter for fatal Slope crash stuck in Rikers

Stuck in a cell: Driver Dorothy Bruns, center, who faces 15 years in prison for hitting and killing two kids and an unborn baby while behind the wheel in Park Slope, will likely wait out her trial at Rikers Island because she is struggling to make bail.
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This driver is parked — in prison.

The motorist who crashed into five people crossing a Park Slope street in March, killing two kids and an unborn baby, cannot make bail and will wait out her trial in New York City’s notoriously hellish Rikers Island — where one deranged inmate already assaulted her, according to her lawyer.

Dorothy Bruns’s attorney David Jacobs claimed another prisoner with “mental problems” served his client a knuckle sandwich in a cafeteria at the city’s water-locked detention facility, arguing the altercation should justify lowering the defendant’s previously set bail from $25,000 to $6,000 cash.

But his sob story didn’t sway Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun, who, in lieu of reducing Bruns’s cash bail, ordered she be kept in protective custody, where she’ll be segregated from the prison’s general population for her safety.

Bruns is struggling to make bail because she can’t collect an income behind bars, according to her lawyer, who said her nephew is helping with the cause, but has so far failed to raise enough collateral for the $75,000 bond Chun imposed in order to release her from the island hellhole.

That means she’ll likely have to wait out her trial — for which Jacobs said a date has yet to be set — at the brutal detention center, which a 2013 investigation named as one of the country’s worst prisons, and Mayor DeBlasio is pushing to close within the next decade.

“We’re far from a trial,” Jacobs said.

Last month, prosecutors charged Bruns with reckless manslaughter for hitting and killing the youngsters, claiming she got behind the wheel against the orders of her doctor, who told the seizure-prone driver to stay off the road due to her history of epileptic fits — one of which allegedly caused her to lose control of her vehicle and smash into the children, their mothers, and another man crossing Ninth Street at Fifth Avenue on March 5.

Bruns faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:42 pm, July 9, 2018
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Zaxby says:
Rot there, ——.
June 16, 2018, 7:02 am
Vision Zero from Zero Vison says:
Good! I hope she never sees the light of day. This person has done enough damage and should die in prison. Screw her!
June 16, 2018, 7:31 am
Truth Teller from South Slope says:
Any chance of sympathy for her was lost when I saw all the pictures of her drinking on her Facebook page. Considering her diagnosis/medical condition, she seemed to exhibit no shame. I can hardly wait for her trials so her lizard of an attorney tries to show what a poor victim she is of some utter b.s. Are there more violent inmates she can hang with?
June 16, 2018, 8:52 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I thought the libtards wanted to eliminate cash bail? I’m glad to see the enthusiasm for throwing lawbreakers in jail, and seperating them from their children though.
June 18, 2018, 9:03 am
Vision Zero from Zero Vision says:
⬆⬆⬆Shut Up Stupid⬆⬆⬆
June 18, 2018, 9:06 am
tupper from park slope says:
Despite the hideous and egregious nature of her crimes, in our country you are innocent until proven guilty, so beware applauding the imprisonment of this woman, because tomorrow, it could be you.
June 18, 2018, 9:16 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Truth hurts huh? You sniveling spineless coward.
June 18, 2018, 9:17 am
Samantha from Red Hook says:

This wasn't an intentional act and as such doesn't warrant this aggressive action nor public attacks.

The days of the witch hunts are over. Stop profiling, recognize we're all human, we have shortfalls, and the system to ensure our protection isn't so great either.
June 18, 2018, 9:20 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Good. I am in that area all the time and that could have been me you hit you maniac.
June 18, 2018, 9:25 am
Vision Zero from Zero Vision says:
𝐘𝐎𝐔 are the textbook definition of 𝐚 𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐭, 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝, & 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐫!
June 18, 2018, 9:32 am
Margaret Sanger from W 16th St says:
Unborn baby? I thought they didn't count as anything but a clump of cells.
June 18, 2018, 9:33 am
Vision Zero from Zero Vision says:
And a crying, fat, juicy, Snowflake!
June 18, 2018, 9:37 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Damn, the venom really flies from you when you’re behind that keyboard, VZ. And a lock me up and throw away the key mentality that would make Trump proud. Too bad it doesn’t translate to your real life encounters. Perhaps you secretly voted for Trump when you were safely behind that curtain.
June 18, 2018, 10:22 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
*lock em up
June 18, 2018, 10:23 am
Vision Zero from Zero Vision says:
⬆⬆⬆Shut Up Stupid⬆⬆⬆
June 18, 2018, 10:36 am
Frank from Furter says:
Of course it WAS an intentional act. She intentionally disregarded her physicians advice not to drive. And the red light cameras tickets are evidence of depraved indifference to others around her. That being said if bail is to assure that she will show up 75000 seems excessive but I don't know all the facts..perhaps they are afraid she will flee the country.
June 18, 2018, 12:57 pm
Frank from Furter says:
she hadn't been arrested immediately after the incident. If she wanted to flee should could have done so,...So in my opinion $75,000 is excessive. I was tangentially involved when Judge Wright(as in let him loose Bruce) allowed a person charge with killing a police officer out on Bail. I know that the person charged was the owner of a car driving school and had deep roots in the community. The person out on bail showed up at every hearing and was eventually convicted not of murder but involuntary manslaughter and served his time and it was no more than 2-4 years but the police never forgave Wright for letting this person out on bail.
June 18, 2018, 2:41 pm
Bobby Ganoush from Sanityville says:
Margaret Sanger's post is spot on - was the unborn child a precious potential lost life that is worthy of dignity and mourning or just a useless clump of irrevelvant cells. Anyone with a shred of decency would choose the latter
June 18, 2018, 6:06 pm

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