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Grossman Burn Foundation Co-Founder Charged With Murder In Westlake Village Crash That Killed 2 Young Brothers

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A Hidden Hills philanthropist has been charged with murder for a hit-and-run crash this past September which killed two young brothers.

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Flowers are placed in a memorial to two brothers who were fatally injured while crossing Triunfo Canyon Road at Saddle Mountain Drive in their Westlake Village neighborhood with their family at 7:10 pm Tuesday evening. Rebecca Grossman, 57, a co-founder of the Grossman Burn Foundation was arrested on two counts of vehicular manslaughter in the death of the two juvenile pedestrians that were in the crosswalk and is being held on $2 million bail. Westlake Village on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 in Westlake Village, CA. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Rebecca Grossman, 57, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Los Angeles County Superior courtroom in Van Nuys to two counts each of murder and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, along with one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death.

Her bail was set at $2 million. If convicted as charged, she faces up to 34 years to life in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

On the night of Sept. 29, Mark and Jacob Iskander, ages 11 and 8, were in a crosswalk at the intersection of Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Drive when they were struck and killed by a speeding Mercedes while on a walk with their family.

L.A. County Sheriff's investigators say the driver, Grossman, sped away.

Her white Mercedes, which had front-end damage, came to a stop about a quarter-mile from the crash scene after its engine broke down, prosecutors allege.

Evening of Hope 2017
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 18: Rebecca Grossman Grossman accepts the Betty Fisher Legacy Award at Evening of Hope 2017 at Sheraton Universal on May 18, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for Haven Hills)

Grossman is a co-founder and chair of the Grossman Burn Foundation, the wife of the foundation's president. She has received awards and acclaim for her philanthropy around the world.

The sheriff's department told CBSLA Monday that the drunken driving portion of the case remains under investigation and investigators are still waiting on toxicology results. She could face further charges ones those results come in.

The next court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 16.


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