Who is Rebecca Grossman? LA socialite runs over two young boys with her Mercedes in front of their parents
'The children were walking with their family. The mother and father were able to pull the other two children back in time, and the vehicle struck the two other children'
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA: Investigators are of the belief that alcohol and street racing played a role when an LA socialite ran over two siblings on Tuesday, September 29, night in Westlake Village, California. Accused Rebecca Grossman, 57, a magazine publisher, was arrested on Tuesday itself. Grossman was charged on two counts of vehicular manslaughter after police said she had run over Mark Iskander, 11, and his brother, Jacob, 9.
Capt Salvador Becerra of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spoke to ABC News and said, "The children were walking with their family. 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." Mark had died at the scene of the accident while his brother Jacob had died after being taken to the hospital. Authorities are said to have a surveillance video of the collision. According to ABC, investigators believe alcohol and street racing could have been involved with the tragedy.
The Sheriff's department is of the belief that Grossman who is the co-founder of the Grossman Burn Foundation, could have sped off after the collision with one of the brothers still on the hood of her Mercedes for about 100 feet before she slammed onto the brakes. This led to the boy falling off the hood of her car. Grossman is then believed to have run over the child as she tried to flee the scene. The authorities had caught up with her about a mile and a half away. People had dropped off flowers and toys close to the crosswalk where the accident had taken place.
According to the authorities, the two siblings were struck by the car in front of their parents and siblings while they had been crossing the street at the Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Drive in Westlake Village. State Sen Henry Stern took to Facebook to share, "This is a devastating loss for our community. Two young boys with an entire lifetime ahead of them. Pray for the Iskander family tonight and hold your loved ones close." The Grossman Burn Center released a statement where they said, "Like our entire community, the Grossman Burn Center family at West Hills Hospital is terribly saddened by this tragedy. Our sympathies are with all who have been affected."
Many social media users responded to the news and expressed their condolences. One such user wrote: "This is heart breaking. Boys - please guide your family from the heavens above."
This is heart breaking. Boys - please guide your family from the heavens above. 🙏🏻— Lisa Hemenway (@LandfillLisa) October 1, 2020
Another commented: "Such beautiful boys. May they rest in peace and may their family find comfort in their memories. I can only imagine their devastation."
Such beautiful boys. May they rest in peace and may their family find comfort in their memories. I can only imagine their devastation.— lib_rarian (@lib_rarian) October 1, 2020
"I am so sorry for this unimaginable horror. The entire community shares your grief. May you and your family find peace," yet another added.
I am so sorry for this unimaginable horror. The entire community shares your grief. May you and your family find peace.— Andrea Ladik Richard (@AndreaLRichard) October 2, 2020