True crime: The socialite who broke up an LA family – with murder
A well-known LA socialite, Rebecca Grossman, has been accused of murdering two young boys in a terrible true crime incident. Grossman smashed her car into the two boys, Mark & Jacob Iskander, and fled the scene.
Within a blink of an eye, a family was destroyed and two young boys lost their lives in a true crime tragedy that shook the community. What will result from this appalling crime?
On the evening of September 29th, 2020, a father & mother were crossing the road with their four children at Triunfo Canyon Road in Westlake Village. Suddenly, the parents heard a car rapidly approaching the intersection. The mother reacted in time and saved two of her children from being hit, including a daughter who was in a stroller. But sadly she couldn’t save them all.
The elder siblings, Mark & Jacob Iskander were struck right in front of their parents by a Mercedes that whizzed past the scene. Mark died from the impact while Jacob was critically injured. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
“The children were walking with their family. It is a very tragic situation,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Captain Salvador Becerra reported. “The mother and father were able to pull the other two children back in time, and the vehicle struck the two other children”.
Jacob Iskander was a student of Ascension Lutheran School in Thousand Oaks and Mark was a sixth-grader at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village. “They were sweet little boys,” Mirette Fouad, whose son was friends with boys, told KTLA. “Most of them are deacons, they’re serving in the church, attending Sunday school. They were like two angels.”
According to KTLA, the two boys’ deaths incited a torrent of love & sympathy in their community. A makeshift memorial of candles & flowers was placed at the site of the crash while dozens of mourners gathered to pay their respects.
The night of the boys’ murder, Rebecca Grossman, the co-founder & chair of the Grossman Burn Foundation, was booked. They arrested her on suspicion of two counts of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence, as per the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Grossman is the wife of Peter Grossman, a prominent plastic & reconstructive surgeon and president of the Grossman Burn Foundation at West Hills Hospital. And going by her biography on the Foundation’s official site, she has worked extensively in the healthcare field for over two decades as a researcher, journalist, and marketing executive.
Investigators believed Grossman was under the influence of alcohol during the crime and was street racing. After smashing the car into the boys, Grossman apparently carried one of them on the hood of her car for over 100 feet before she applied the brakes, causing the boy to stumble into the street.
Grossman’s white Mercedes involved in the double fatal crash suffered front-end damage and was also towed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. But despite having some damning charges against her in this true crime case, Grossman was released after posting a bail of $2 million on October 1st.
Another DUI mishap
Probably the most painful aspect of this true crime anecdote is the involvement of alcohol. Grossman’s decision to drive under the influence resulted in the deaths of two young boys and a lifetime’s worth of misery for the parents. Even Sgt. Travis Kelly remarked that if alcohol wasn’t involved, “This could have been avoided, this entire, horrible incident”.
On December 30th, 2020, Rebecca Grossman pleaded not guilty to the charges. The investigators had charged her with two counts of murder, two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in the deaths of Mark & Jacob Iskander, in Westlake Village.
Grossman’s next court hearing is set for February 16th. If found guilty Grossman faces up to thirty fours years to life in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The child didn’t “stumble into the street” . She mowed him down, he flew into the air, he landed on her car, she continued to drive with the injured boy on her car for 100 feet. She slammed on the brakes, he flew off onto the street, where she proceeded to run him over.January 25, 2021
Why plead not guilty?She killed 2 innocent boys.God bless those boys and May they RIP.January 30, 2021
Come on, yes, completely negligent and she should be severely punished, but ‘murdering’ two young boys? Seriously? There was no intent to kill somebody. Complete negligence, yes, but no intent. Learn what ‘murder’ means before accusing somebody of it.January 30, 2021
Omg. You are so dumb! I can’t even with you! You must be her husband!February 17, 2021
It’s murder-she drove OVER the other boy after he fell off her hood AND KEPT DRIVING!!! How is that NOT murder you stupid moron!? And how does someone know to NOT drink and drive this day in age and still does it?
Ty is right. Rebecca did not wake up the morning of this horrific ACCIDENT and said to herself, “I’m going to kill 2 boys this evening.” Rebecca realizes what has happened & will have to live with this horrific tragedy.February 18, 2021
Privileged scums do these horrific crimes on a regular basis and bail snd get away easily …Hope God doesn’t allow this monster to get away…rip little angels…January 31, 2021
Cynthia Lee Sanders
I hope she gets life!! She took two precious lives, she should pay for that horrific crime with the rest of hers!!! God bless the family that will now have to live the rest of their lives without their little boys, and with the memory of the worst day of their lives replaying in their heads every minute of every day. I pray for the peace and comfort they will need until they’re reunited someday in the hereafter.January 31, 2021
This is a true pandemic. Alcohol and dui! How many lives need to be lost before they ban alcohol. We have to wear masks, but don’t have to worry about mirdering someone if you are drunk. Unreal. Hope she rots in prisonJanuary 31, 2021
This biatch should not be out o bail. As for the stupid comments about how she didn’t plant this – she drank, she was racing cars with ,Scott Erickson, she hit and had the boy on her hood for 100 feet. These are things she did of her own free will.March 24, 2021
Totally irresponsible! Street racing while under the influence at her age?? How incredibly stupid and totally immature and selfish. Taking the lives of 2 children. OMG. Can it get any worse? She really needs to take ownership of this. Pleads not guilty! Seriously? I hope privledge and money does not stand in the way of justice.April 24, 2021
No matter how you look at it two little boys were killed by someone who has worked in the medical field for years she is an adult that should have known better than to drink and drive. “Rebecca” is also an adult who was not concerned about the consequences of getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and racing at a high rate of speed. I guess it’s time for the socialite to pay the price of her actions. Why is she not being tried in Ventura County where all parties live and where this incident took place? Also what is the holdup with this trail? Sorry but good looks and money are not getting her out of this one!May 6, 2022