Socialite Rebecca Grossman says she’s been the target of “a lot of hate and anger” and has been contemplating suicide since she killed two young brothers with her Mercedes in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood in 2020.
Grossman, 58, is awaiting trial for double murder in the deaths of 11-year-old Mark Iskander and eight-year-old Jacob Iskander.
At 7:10 p.m. on September 29, 2020, she hit the boys with her Mercedes.
She had been seen drinking earlier in the day at a Mexican restaurant with retired Dodgers pitcher Scott Erickson, but she had not exceeded the legal limit to drive at the time.
She insists it was a terrible accident, but prosecutors are pursuing murder charges. A troubling aspect of the case is witness testimony that Grossman and Erickson may have raced their cars down the street.
Grossman, however, insists that is not true and says the accident was caused by a poorly lit and poorly marked crosswalk.
Rebecca Grossman, 58, is shown with her husband, Dr Peter Grossman, in 2017. She is awaiting trial on double murder charges for the deaths of two young brothers, whom she ran over with her Mercedes in 2020.
Mark Iskander, 11, and his younger brother Jacob, eight, were killed in the 2020 crash
Her vehicle’s black box shows she was traveling at 73mph at the time of the crash – well above the 45mph limit.
The boys were with their parents and siblings at the time. The parents were able to save their two younger siblings from being beaten, but were unable to reach the boys in time.
Mark died at the scene and Jacob died in hospital a few hours later.
In an interview with Los Angeles Magazine this week, she said she was misunderstood by the public and the police.
“There’s a lot of hate and anger out there…and that hate comes from believing everything that’s been said about who I am: that I have no remorse, that I’m this monster, that this doesn’t hasn’t affected my life, that I go about my daily business as if it never happened.
“That’s just not true,” she said.
Grossman’s Mercedes after the incident. The black box showed she was going 73mph – well above the 45mph limit
Grossman in court earlier this year. She pleaded not guilty to murder charges and is now appealing to the California Supreme Court to have her charges reduced to vehicular manslaughter.
Mark and Jacob were walking with their parents and siblings when they were killed. The parents were able to prevent their two younger siblings from being affected, but were unable to reach them in time
Karim and Nancy Iskander, the boys’ parents, are shown at a court hearing in April
Grossman claims the accident was caused by a poorly lit and poorly marked crosswalk. Above, the pedestrian crossing
She insisted that she and Erickson were just friends and not lovers, as the boys’ parents had suggested, and said she had become so tormented by guilt that she considered suicide.
Grossman and her husband are well known in Los Angeles and were regulars on the social circuit until the 2020 crash
“The idea of taking the easy way out crossed my mind. It still does from time to time,” she said.
Grossman’s husband is famed Los Angeles burn surgeon Dr. Peter H. Grossman.
Together they founded the Grossman Burn Foundation, where comedian Jay Leno recently received treatment.
He told the magazine: “She cries every day. She is in an emotional prison that she may never be able to get out of.
Grossman’s daughter has also created a website in an attempt to prove her innocence.
The family deny police reports and say they tried to flee the scene after the crash.
They say she doesn’t deserve to be tried for murder and have already tried to have her charges downgraded to manslaughter. A judge denied their request.
In addition to the crime itself, Grossman was widely criticized for what was seen by some as an attempt to circumvent justice.
Court proceedings were delayed due to his failure to appear and the death of his lawyer. She is free on a $2 million cash bond.
Grossman is appealing to the California Supreme Court, saying his rights were violated with the murder charges. A preliminary hearing has been set for January 10.
The Grossmans’ $8 million mansion in Hidden Hills, Los Angeles