A Los Angeles socialite affiliated with the world’s most renowned burn center will stand trial for the 2020 hit-and-run murders of two young boys using a crosswalk.
Rebecca Grossman, whose husband is the namesake of the Grossman Burn Center, was driving over 70 mph in the tony suburb of Westlake Village when she ran down Mark and Jacob Iskander, ages 11 and 8, according to court testimony.
A judge ruled today that sufficient evidence exists for Grossman to face trial, according to media reports.
Graphic testimony during a five-day preliminary hearing revealed that Grossman was barreling toward the crosswalk during daylight hours, racing former Los Angeles Dodger Scott Erickson in a 45 mph zone. The pair had been drinking at a nearby restaurant before the crash.
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Erickson has been charged with reckless driving but did not hit the boys.
Grossman and her husband, Dr. Peter Grossman, founded the Grossman Burn Foundation as a fundraising arm of the Grossman Burn Centers that bear his name as their medical director. Peter Grossman, a plastic surgeon, pioneered innovative treatments utilized in the centers.
“The defendant was not rushing to get home. She was playing a high-speed game of chicken with Mr. Erickson,” said Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Shellie Samuels. “I believe the defendant went well beyond gross negligence.”
The judge continued, “One can surmise [Grossman] did see them” because motorists in another car slowed because they were crossing.
Nancy Iskander, the mother of the victims, testified that Grossman saw her in the crosswalk with her sons, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“They didn’t stop before the intersection. They didn’t stop at the intersection. They didn’t stop when an 11-year-old was on the hood of the car. … Nobody stopped,” Nancy Iskander said.
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Grossman has been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, and one count of hit and run resulting in death. If convicted, she faces a sentence of 34 years to life in prison and is currently being held in lieu of $2 million bail, CBS reported.