The Staten Island driver who struck and killed a 4-year-old girl and 20-month-old boy in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood in March has been indicted, law-enforcement officials said on Thursday morning.
who told police she had a seizure when she plowed into pedestrians in a crosswalk on March 5, was charged with second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide by a Brooklyn grand jury, an official said. She was arrested at her Staten Island home on Thursday morning, two officials said, and is expected to be arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
Ms. Bruns was also charged with misdemeanor assault for causing minor injuries to others in the crosswalk on Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue, an official said.
A lawyer for Ms. Bruns couldn’t be reached for comment.
The crash, which killed
Ruthie Ann Blumenstein,
who was pregnant at the time of the incident, survived the incident but was critically injured.
City records show the license plate on the car Ms. Bruns was driving was cited for 12 violations in the past two years, including four for failing to stop at a red light and four speeding violations in a school zone. But Ms. Bruns had a clean driving record on her license, according to officials. Her license has been suspended.
“I wish she was under arrest right now,” Mayor
said days after the tragedy. “It’s just terrible what happened to these children and it should never happen again.”
Ms. Bruns inched forward at the intersection before accelerating during the red light and hitting the pedestrians, police have said.
After the incident, Ms. Blumenstein said her unborn child survived the incident on her
“It is a miracle our second child is unharmed,” Ms. Blumenstein said. “Please continue to pray for the Lew and the Blumenstein families as we process the unthinkable.”
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