California Socialite Rebecca Grossman Sentenced to 15 Years to Life for Hit-and-Run Deaths of Two Children

California Socialite Rebecca Grossman Sentenced to 15 Years to Life for Hit-and-Run Deaths of Two Children

In a tragic turn of events, California socialite Rebecca Grossman has been handed a sentence of 15 years to life for her involvement in a hit-and-run incident that claimed the lives of two innocent children. The incident, which occurred more than three years ago, shocked the Los Angeles community and has left a lasting impact on the victims' family and friends.

On September 29, 2020, Grossman was driving at a high speed when she struck and killed Mark Iskander, 11, and his brother Jacob, 8, as they were crossing the street in a designated crosswalk in Westlake Village. The boys' mother, Nancy Iskander, expressed her grief and frustration at Grossman's lack of remorse during the sentencing hearing, stating that she has shown no empathy for the pain she has caused.

Grossman's involvement in the incident was further compounded by her failure to stop at the scene of the accident, demonstrating a blatant disregard for human life and safety. Despite her claims of innocence, a jury found her guilty on two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death.

Prosecutors had initially sought a harsher sentence of 34 years to life, emphasizing the severity of Grossman's actions and the devastating impact on the victims' family. However, the judge ultimately handed down a sentence of 15 years to life, acknowledging the gravity of the offense while also considering Grossman's lack of prior criminal record.

Throughout the trial, Grossman maintained her innocence, insisting that she did not see the children in the road and would have done anything to avoid hitting them. In a letter to the judge, she reiterated her claims, stating, "I am not a murderer," and pledging, "I would have driven my car into a tree to avoid hitting two little boys."

The case garnered significant media attention not only due to Grossman's prominent social status but also because of her involvement in philanthropic endeavors. As the co-founder of the Grossman Burn Foundation, Grossman had been actively involved in charitable work alongside her husband, Dr. Peter H. Grossman. The foundation, which is affiliated with the Grossman Burn Centers, aims to provide support and resources for burn victims and their families.

Despite her philanthropic efforts, Grossman's actions on that fateful day have irreversibly altered the lives of the Iskander family and highlighted the tragic consequences of reckless driving. Allen Castellano, chief of the county sheriff's North Patrol Division, expressed hope that the sentencing would bring some measure of closure to the grieving family, stating, "This individual showed a complete disregard for the lives and safety of others in our community through her reckless actions, which ultimately shattered a family and robbed two children of their bright futures."

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