Jury selection for a married woman, who allegedly killed two young brothers, began on Tuesday, with prosecutors set to introduce damning evidence against the defendant.
Rebecca Grossman, the wife of prominent burn surgeon Dr. Peter Grossman, faces two counts of second-degree murder for allegedly killing Jacob Iskander, 8, and his brother Mark Iskander, 11, while they crossed a crosswalk in Westlake Village on Sept. 29, 2020.
The Jury selection for her trial began on Tuesday. Grossman insists she did not hit the boys and denies driving at 81 mph. Her alleged lover, Scott Erickson, New York Mets and Yankee Pitcher, was reportedly driving a separate SUV after their lunch that same day.
In a recent ruling made by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Joseph Brandolino, the court will now be allowed to prove to jurors that Grossman was in the midst of a love affair with Erickson at the time of the crash.
Reports say the two had allegedly been out drinking cocktails before getting into their SUVs with Erickson leading. According to the boys’ mother, Nancy Iskander, the alleged lovers were driving at a high rate of speed, if they were playing or racing.
Iskander also said she noticed the SUVs speeding toward them as she and her three sons crossed the crosswalk. She said she signaled for the speeding vehicles to slow down, then grabbed her 5-year-old son.
Unfortunately, Mark Iskander died at the scene, while his brother died at the hospital a few hours later.
“They didn’t stop before the intersection. They didn’t stop at the intersection. They didn’t stop when an 11-year-old was on the hood of the car.” Iskander said. “Nobody stopped.”
According to reports, Grossman’s murder charges are rare, given she wasn’t charged with driving while intoxicated. She took a breathalyzer test showing a blood alcohol content of 0.076 percent.
A blood sample taken three hours after the crash registered at 0.08%, showing she was illegally over the limit to drive in California. According to a 2020 police-obtained report, Prosecutors plan to show evidence that Grossman had Valium in her system during the crash, which tampered with her ability to drive.
During the preliminary hearing, Robert Apodaca, a former LA County sheriff’s deputy and traffic crashes specialist, testified to the court that Grossman was driving 71.7 mph when she struck the boys and that the car computer showed 73 mph.
Apodaca also said 11-year-old Iskander was struck with such force that he was launched 254 feet. He stated that it was the furthest he’d ever known a human to be killed in a crash.
Grossman’s trial is expected to last six weeks. She could face up to 34 years in prison if convicted of all charges.