Driver charged in death of Hawaii actress’s toddler kills herself

NEW YORK >> Authorities say a woman who lost control of her car and fatally struck the child of a Tony Award-winning Broadway actress — Kaimuki High School graduate Ruthie Ann Blumenstein — and another toddler in a Brooklyn crosswalk has died of an apparent suicide.

Forty-four-year-old Dorothy Bruns was found dead in her Staten Island home today. Authorities say pills and a note were found nearby.

Bruns faced 15 years in jail after being charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and assault following the accident in March.

Authorities say Bruns had a seizure while stopped at a red light. Her car drove forward, killing Blumenstein’s 5-year-old daughter, Abigail, and former Hawaii resident Lauren Lew’s 20-month-old son, Joshua. Blumenstein, whose stage name is Ruthie Ann Miles, later lost her unborn child. She was in her 39th week of pregnancy.

Prosecutors say doctors had told Bruns not to drive after she had a previous medical episode.

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