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Rebecca Grossman, co-founder of Grossman Burn Foundation, to stand trial in death of 2 young brothers in Westlake Village crash

Rebecca Grossman, the co-founder of the Grossman Burn Foundation, who allegedly ran down two young brothers in a Westlake Village crosswalk and fled the scene, was ordered Thursday to stand trial on murder and other charges.

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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)

During a preliminary hearing, one of Grossman’s attorneys argued that the murder charges should be dismissed but the 58-year-old was ordered to stand trial on two felony counts each of murder and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, along with one felony count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death.

If convicted, Grossman could face a maximum of 34 years to life in prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

She had previously pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles County Superior courtroom in Van Nuys in connection with the September 2020 deaths.

Her bail was set at $2 million. 

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.

She was arrested by sheriff’s deputies the day of the crash and released on Oct. 1 on bond. She remains free on bond.

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.

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