No words: Driver who killed kids in Slope, now free on bail, silent after latest court hearing

Free for now: Driver Dorothy Bruns is out on bail following a five month stay at Rikers Island, and will return to Supreme Court next month following her Wednesday hearing.
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The driver who struck and killed two children in Park Slope in March returned to Supreme Court on Wednesday for a hearing she later walked out of as a free woman after making bail last month following a five-month stint on Rikers Island.

Motorist Dorothy Bruns feels horribly about her deadly collision with 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein and 1-year-old Joshua Lew — which also injured three others including Blumenstein’s then-pregnant mother, actress Ruthie Ann Miles, who later lost her unborn baby due to complications from her injuries — her lawyer David Jacobs said after the hearing, but she refused to speak with this reporter herself while leaving the Jay Street courthouse, running into a nearby parking garage to avoid answering questions.

The Staten Islander faces charges that include a top count of reckless manslaughter for driving her car through a red light into the victims crossing Fifth Avenue and Ninth Street, after prosecutors’ investigation found that her doctor forbade her from getting behind the wheel due to her history of seizures, one of which she likely suffered at the time of the crash.

Bruns, however, plead not guilty at a May arraignment, and continues to maintain her innocence, with Jacobs arguing his client’s doctor cleared her to drive before the day of the deadly incident in a note he wrote saying that she could resume her job transporting large phones for the deaf — which the lawyer said the physician knew required her to drive — after seizures struck her in January.

The defendant, who shed the back and leg braces she wore to earlier hearings at her latest court appearance, is expected to return for another pre-trial hearing on Nov. 20.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 4:18 pm, October 3, 2018
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Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
So she is successful enough to afford bail. Is that a crime now?
Oct. 3, 2018, 3:57 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I hope she dies in jail!
Oct. 3, 2018, 4:50 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Of course a gutless coward would make anonymous comments advocating death to a disabled person anonymously.
Oct. 3, 2018, 5:48 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Of course a gutless coward would make anonymous comments defending a motorist who killed children, anonymously. Should I add another anonymous?
Oct. 3, 2018, 6:05 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I did not defend nor condemn the motorist, only her ability to make bail. The tolerant left are the ones looking to execute working, disabled people.
Oct. 3, 2018, 6:26 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Oct. 3, 2018, 6:47 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Nice try. She executed those children you jaka$$.
Oct. 3, 2018, 6:48 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Not sure why a post pointing out how glad I am that the previous poster is obviously in favor of the death penalty for drug dealers based on their previous comment would be deleted.
Oct. 3, 2018, 7:08 pm
Tony from Park SLope from Park Slope says:
She deserves not a single iota of mercy. And I am as liberal as they come. But I know reckless homicidal behavior when I read about it.
Oct. 3, 2018, 8:34 pm
Louis Chevrolet from East New York says:
Wouldn't have happened if she was driving a Chevy!
Oct. 4, 2018, 8:14 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
I guess to not have to spend any time in jail at all when you murder a child with a car, is to drive it on the sidewalk coming out of a laundromat (oh, and be related to a cop... that helps I guess).
Oct. 4, 2018, 11:15 am
Henny Williams says:
Who paid the bail? How did she get this kind of money?
Oct. 4, 2018, 3:03 pm
Jeff from Bensonhurst says:
She should never have made bail. She took the lives of two children and an unborn child. She should get life in prison without parole.
Oct. 4, 2018, 4:05 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Murderers don’t even do life with no parole. Worst case scenario is manslaughter here. But don’t let that stop the lynch mob here
Oct. 4, 2018, 5:06 pm
Tooney from Staten Island says:
They should set her free - since when is driving a crime?
Oct. 5, 2018, 5:32 am
Feminist says:
Would there be so much vitriol if she wasn’t a woman? All of these people emboldened by Donald Trump are going to war with this woman, just because she has ovaries.
Oct. 5, 2018, 3:10 pm
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
Hey kids There is this thing called due process
Oct. 5, 2018, 3:12 pm
Ken from Greenpoint says:
Burn her alive.
Oct. 5, 2018, 4:43 pm
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
Ken - see above
Oct. 5, 2018, 4:53 pm
Elizabeth Romer from Park Slope says:
This happened at the end of the block where I live. What baffles me is when they took her to the ambulance she was texting!!! I’m not a Dr. but if you did have a seizure wouldn’t you be “out of it”?? This lady’s got game....would live to know who sprung for bail?? Hope she shows for court?? This is too “High Profile”.....she’s going to Prison.....two little kids are dead for Gods Sake!! Anything less than 15 years there will be a major uproar.
Nov. 5, 2018, 5:42 pm

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