Rebecca Grossman set to stand trial for murder of 2 boys in alleged Westlake Village hit-and-run

By KABC Staff

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VAN NUYS, California (KABC) – Rebecca Grossman fled a Van Nuys courtroom on Thursday after Superior Court Judge Shellie Samuels ruled the wealthy socialite “should stand trial for murder” in connection with an alleged misdemeanor Westlake Village escape that left two young brothers dead.

Grossman faces multiple charges, including murder and manslaughter, stemming from the September 29, 2020 accident at an intersection of Saddle Mountain Drive and Triunfo Canyon Road.

Investigators say his Mercedes-Benz SUV fatally hit 11-year-old Mark Iskander and his 8-year-old brother Jacob in a crosswalk as they walked with their family.

Prosecutors say Grossman and former Major League Baseball pitcher Scott Erickson — who was driving a separate vehicle — were street racing at the time of the collision.

After a five-day preliminary hearing, the judge ruled that Grossman was playing a high-stakes game of chicken with Erickson. Adding that in good conscience, she cannot dismiss the murder charges.

After the hearing, the boys’ mother was happy that the case went to trial.

“We are definitely happy,” said mother Nancy Iskander. “We are grateful to judge Samuels. We think the whole justice system, they looked at the facts and they made the right decision. Nothing will bring Mark and Jacob back and the pain in my heart will remain, but we are happy with the justice we received today.

In court on Wednesday, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy confirmed that Grossman was driving about 72 miles per hour at the time of impact.

“We hope no other family can go through this tragedy,” Iskander told ABC7 outside the courthouse on Wednesday. “We cry every day. Like I said, it was horrible.

“We want people who make such choices to think twice before getting behind the wheel,” she said. “And that can only be done if justice is served.”

Grossman has pleaded not guilty and remains free on bail. She faces 34 years to life in prison if convicted on all counts.

“As a mother and a human being, Rebecca Grossman is devastated and consumed with grief,” the defendant’s attorney said in a statement released Thursday afternoon. “A fatal traffic accident was the last thing she wanted, expected or could have foreseen that night. Driving around a blind bend in the dark and approaching an intersection, she did not see any pedestrians.

The statement added: “We urge the public to keep an open mind in the face of this tragedy. All evidence and testimony will only come out at trial. Ms Grossman will be cleared of the murder charges in this case by a jury.

Grossman’s defense team said they plan to file a motion to have the murder charges dropped at trial.

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Elna M. Lemons