LA socialite Rebecca Grossman was charged Wednesday with murder for ‘hitting and killing brothers, aged 11 and 9, while ‘street racing’ her Mercedes drunk and then fleeing the scene’ on Sept. 29
Grossman, 57, is the co-founder of the Grossman Burn oundation and the wife of renowned plastic reconstructive surgeon Dr. Peter Grossman
She was arrested in September after crashing her Mercedes into brothers Mark and Jacob Iskander, 11 and 9, in Westlake Village, California
She was charged with 2 counts of murder, 2 counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death
Grossman pled not guilty Wednesday and her bail has been set for $2million
Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 16
This was her second involvement in a life altering auto crash in the last eight years
A Los Angeles socialite accused of killing two brothers in a hit-and-run crash in September has been charged with murder, local officials announced Wednesday.
Rebecca Grossman, 57, has been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death. .
Grossman is a publisher the co-founder of the Grossman Burn Foundation and the wife of renowned plastic reconstructive surgeon Dr. Peter Grossman.
She was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and DUI after smashing her speeding Mercedes into brothers Mark and Jacob Iskander, 11 and 9, in Westlake Village, California, on September 29, police said.
Rebecca Grossman, a member of a prominent Los Angeles family and former magazine publisher was arrested for allegedly running over the two young brothers in a hit-and-run crash while under the influence of alcohol in Los Angeles.
Grossman was arrested initially on suspicion of manslaughter and DUI after smashing her speeding luxury car into brothers, Mark and Jacob Iskander, in Westlake Village, right in front of parents.
At the time of her arrest police flagged alcohol as a possible factor in the fatal crash.
After smashing into the young brrothers Grossman is said to have continued driving. She only stopped a mile and a half away after her engine cut out.
Mark, 11, died at the scene while his nine-year-old brother, Jacob, died in hospital a few hours later.
The family of six were all walking together at the time of the tragedy, according to Capt. Salvador Becerra of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. ‘It is a very tragic situation. The mother and father were able to pull the other two children back in time, and the vehicle struck the two other children,’ Becerra said.
Mark Iskander died at the scene, while his younger brother Jacob was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Grossman was arrested the night of the crash but was released on Oct. 1 after posting bond, county inmate records show. Her bail had been set at $2 million.
She pled not guilty on Wednesday, and her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 16. Her bail was set at $2 million.
She could face 34 years to life in prison if convicted, according to the District Attorney’s office.
The brothers were ‘walking with their family’ at the time of the tragedy, according to Capt Salvador Becerra of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
‘It is a very tragic situation. The mother and father were able to pull the other two children back in time, and the vehicle struck the two other children,’ Becerra said.
Police said one boy was carried 100ft on the hood of the car before Grossman braked, at which point he fell off the car and she ran him over again while fleeing the scene. She allegedly pulled over more than a mile and a half away after her engine cut out.
Investigators said street racing may have been involved in the crash, which took place at 7.10pm on September 29 at the intersection of Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Drive.
Six family members were crossing the three-way intersection on a marked crosswalk on the road with no stoplight.
The children’s parents, Karim and Nancy Iskander, heard the speeding Mercedes and reached out to protect their children.
They were only able to grab their other two children, Zackary and Violet. Mark and Jacob were too far away and were hit by the car, police said.
The 2020 accident was Grossman’s second involvement in a life altering auto crash
She was also involved in an accident in 2012 during which the other driver claimed she ran a red light while driving 65mph in a 40mph zone and plowed into the back of his car.
The driver, Jeffrey Hammer, died from ill health in 2018, but an insurance report includes his detailed description of the crash. Ultimately, insurers found Grossman and Hammer were both 50% at fault for the accident
However, the wealthy foundation founder later launched a personal injury lawsuit against the then 60-year-old man, despite telling police at the accident scene that she wasn’t injured.
Insurance paid out $100,000 in a settlement with Grossman, including compensation for her alleged injuries and about $15,000 of repairs to her Mercedes.