The murder trial of Rebecca Grossman, the co-founder of the renowned Grossman Burn Foundation, is yet to commence, but emotions are already running high. During a pre-trial hearing at the Van Nuys Courthouse, Grossman was initially absent, but appeared after the judge’s order.
The charges against Grossman stem from an incident that occurred on September 29, 2020, in Westlake Village. It is alleged that Grossman, driving a luxury car at speeds up to 80 miles per hour, fatally struck 8-year-old Mark and 11-year-old Jacob Iskander as they crossed a marked crosswalk with their parents.
In December 2020, Grossman was charged with two felony counts of murder, two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, and one felony count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death.
Supporters of the Iskander family, wearing pins that read “we love you Mark and Jacob,” gathered outside the courthouse during recess. Nancy Iskander, the grieving mother, tearfully expressed her sorrow over the loss of her two young sons and her efforts to raise the surviving child who witnessed the tragic incident. Iskander criticized Grossman’s failure to appear initially, expressing concern about the slow pace of the court proceedings. She longed for justice while seeing her sons’ friends graduate, still caught in the courthouse’s relentless pursuit of closure.
Cameras were prohibited inside the courtroom, but during a break, FOX 11 captured poignant moments of support and grief. Defense attorneys claimed they were unaware of Grossman’s required presence but ensured she appeared once notified. As the defendant and her legal team left the courthouse, the media pursued them for comments, but they remained silent.
The trial is expected to commence next month, further intensifying the emotional weight and anticipation surrounding the tragic events tied to Rebecca Grossman.