Driver who fatally struck two young kids in Park Slope likely suffered seizure: The driver who struck and killed two small kids at a Park Slope intersection likely suffered some sort of seizure and is unlikely to face criminal charges, a police source said Tuesday.
Investigators in the heart-breaking Monday afternoon deaths of a 1-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl are leaning toward the medical explanation and lack any probable cause to arrest Dorothy Bruns, the source said.
The NYPD will consult with the Brooklyn district attorney before any decision is made, according to the source.
Video showed Bruns, 44, stopped at the light before creeping into the intersection and then accelerating into the victims on Fifth Ave. and Ninth St.
The little boy’s stroller was dragged 350 feet by the white Volvo.
Bruns continued driving after hitting the kids and their moms, including Tony-winning Broadway star Ruthie Ann Miles, whose daughter Abigail was killed.
The pregnant Miles remained in critical condition Tuesday after the horrific crash that also killed Joshua Lew, age 1, as his mother Lauren Lew walked the toddler inside a stroller.
Bruns, who remained hospitalized Tuesday at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, was taken into police custody after the 12:40 p.m. double fatality.
Bruns only stopped after slamming into a parked car and finally coming to a stop, with several witnesses then keeping her at the scene.
“I never cry, but I and everybody else there yesterday was crying,” said eyewitness Lew Friedman, 77. “It was such a horrific scene. I called 911 immediately, I know a lot of people did.
“Just seeing the kids with all the blood and one mother I saw with all the blood, it was just the most horrific scene I ever saw. It’s haunted me. It was really tough.”
Mayor de Blasio, greeted at his gym Tuesday morning by parents calling for safer local streets, traveled later with his wife Chirlane to a memorial at the crash scene.
The two placed flowers and candles and observed a moment of silence before departing.
A GoFundMe page to assist Miles, who won her Tony for a revival of “The King and I,” had already raised more than $100,000 by Tuesday morning.
“Ruthie is beloved by her many friends and colleagues in the Broadway and touring communities,” read a message on the page. “She is always kind and always has a smile. It is our honor to help her in this difficult time.”
Sara Ng, who owns K Skincare next door to the Miles’ apartment, was among many devastated by the deaths of the two kids. She recalled seeing Ruthie Ann and Abigail come past her shop all the time.