WESTLAKE VILLAGE (CBSLA) — Rebecca Grossman, the co-founder of the famed Grossman Burn Foundation, was out on bail early Thursday after being arrested in connection with a suspected DUI crash that killed two young brothers in Westlake Village.

Mark and Jacob Iskander (credit: CBS)

Grossman, 57, was arrested after the Tuesday night crash and held on $2 million bail, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials. Two young brothers were fatally struck in the crash – 11-year-old Mark Iskander and 9-year-old Jacob Iskander.

The boys were walking with their family in a crosswalk at the intersection of Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Drive at about 7:10 p.m. Tuesday. One of the parents was able to snatch one of their children off a scooter, and push a stroller out of the way, but Mark and Jacob were fatally struck.

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)

Nick Sarriedin is a senior at the campus and attends the same Coptic Christian church as the victims’ family.

“I found they were Egyptian. I’m Egyptian so they’re like family to me… because not a lot of Egyptian families live in Westlake,” he said.

Mark Iskander started at Oaks Christian just five weeks ago – and left a lasting impression.

He was just the most bubbly, lovely young man,” said Oaks Christian principal Garett Freeman. “It’s really hard to fathom that he’s gone.”

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.

Investigators say she was under the influence, speeding and took off after the crash. Her white Mercedes, which had front-end damage, was towed away about a quarter-mile from the crash scene.

According to Los Angeles County sheriff’s jail records, Grossman was released just after midnight. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance on Oct. 21.

The city of Westlake Village released a statement that said they share the concerns that residents have about unsafe driving in the area, but won’t comment further on the matter until the investigation is complete.

West Hills Hospital also released a statement on behalf of the Grossman Burn Center that said: “Like our entire community, the Grossman Burn Center family at West Hills Hospital is terribly saddened by this tragedy. Our sympathies are with all who have been affected.”

Comments (17)
  1. Billy Woody says:

    life in prison, nothing less.

  2. Joe says:

    They initially reported this as a street racing incident with a second vehicle on the run. C’mon CBS, get your facts straight rather than report “shock” stories to boost your ratings.

  3. Nancy says:

    she should apend the rest of her life in prison No drink no drive

  4. CommonSensical says:

    Crosswalk on a 45mph road? Idiotic. Was not a pedestrian controlled one where pushing a button causes amber warning lights to flash. I’d attribute blame as 75 pct impaired lady and 25 pct US car culture plus road design engineers. And, oh look, they put the bike lanes on that road on the outside of parked vehicles next to the speeding traffic vs next to the sidewalk, separated/protected from traffic by the parked vehicles. SMH

    1. Victor says:

      I’m sure her dui attorney will argue this. Criminal and civil suits are now a permanent part of her life while the family of the victims are forever destroyed.

    2. alternadoc says:

      Bet the armchair makes a comfy soapbox, eh? Talking about tragic Los Angeles deaths from a DUI moving violation and opining about “car culture” really shows your gravitas, Captain Renault. We’ve all gained so much from your wisdom.

  5. Tara Knowles says:

    What a lousy statement for the Grossman family to make – so cold and perfunctory.

  6. Sashie says:

    I hope she gets life in prison and must give the family millions of dollars. What a horrible human being. Sorry but at that age driving drunk and out of control is totally unacceptable. At 57 years old hire a driver when you’re out drinking. Of course she will probably get off from being socially connected and rich.

  7. Gavin Newsome says:

    Unfortunately with our society, a “influential” person like that will get community service. She deserves jail time to reflect on the killing of 2 young children. i hope the media does a follow up so we dont brush it under the carpet

  8. Slobodan says:

    For the life of me I don’t understand why these rich ducks cannot hire a driver or take an uber after a night of partying.

  9. Miles Bourne says:

    Where was she drinking? At The Landing Grill? There is a big scene there during Covid-19 becaue its partially outdoors.

  10. Elizabeth Osborne says:

    Where is her embarrassing mug shot.? If it was anyone else it would be all over the web; not some glam shot from a fundraiser. Let’s be fair she needs to go to jail for killing two people.

  11. Maria Hammer says:

    This was not grossman’s first rodeo with road hunting. 2012 she sued & collected 100k + 15k for her mercedes. Her prey was Jeffrey Hammer.

    Hey, guess money talks!

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