Socialite Rebecca Grossman Jailed for Fatal Hit-and-Run of Two Young Brothers


Under fading sunlit skies in the residential haven of Westlake Village, nestled on the fringes of Los Angeles County, the tranquility of the evening of September 29, 2020, was shattered. In a moment of reckless abandon, the life paths of two young brothers were abruptly terminated on the crude altar of vehicular speed and negligence.

On a fateful Monday, Rebecca Grossman, a Southern California socialite and spouse to a respected Los Angeles burn doctor, was handed justice through a stark reminder that the corridors of power and influence don’t extend into the courts of law. In a sobering verdict, she was sentenced to 15 years to life imprisonment for the deaths of two innocent and promising lives, Mark and Jacob Iskander, aged 11 and 8 respectively.

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The narrative etched in official records, a narrative of sudden tragic loss birthed from Grossman’s whimsical disregard for safety regulations, tugged at the heartstrings of the Los Angeles community. When her expensive white Mercedes became a weapon of destruction, mowing down the two brothers in a callously marked hit-and-run, public opinion lurched in joint revulsion at the act.

Grossman was found guilty on all counts by a Los Angeles jury in February: Second-degree murder, carrying two felony counts each; gross vehicular manslaughter that added another pair of felonies, plus the casting of another dark shadow with one more felony for a hit-and-run driving act resulting in death.

Superior Court Judge Joseph Brandolino, in his duty to balance the scales of justice, handed down two concurrent 15-years-to-life sentences to Grossman, with an additional three years for leaving the scene of the heinous act. These additional years would run concurrently with the other sentences, according to reports in the Los Angeles Times.

While arbitrating the brutal case that sent waves of shock rolling through an aggrieved community, Judge Brandolino classified Grossman’s actions as “reckless and unquestionably negligent.” This verdict, in the grand scales of justice, finally gave a measure of closure to a nightmare that had lasted over three harrowing years.

The stark realities of this grisly incident were captured in irrefutable clarity by the data recorder in Grossman’s Mercedes, which revealed a chilling tale of indifference to safety. Prosecutors showcased the proof that the socialite had been coursing along at a dangerous 81 mph (130 kph), barely tapping her brakes to reduce the speed to 73 mph (117 kph) less than two seconds before the fatal impact, which triggered her airbags – a morbid celebration of what had just transpired.