LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A Hidden Hills philanthropist has been charged with murder for a hit-and-run crash this past September which killed two young brothers.
Rebecca Grossman, 57, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Los Angeles County Superior courtroom in Van Nuys to two counts each of murder and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, along with one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death.READ MORE: Faith Leaders And Activists From All Over Los Angeles Speak Tuesday About The Verdict In The Trial Of Derek Chauvin
Her bail was set at $2 million. If convicted as charged, she faces up to 34 years to life in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
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.READ MORE: Areas Hard Hit Last Summer By Protests Quiet Following Chauvin Verdicts
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.
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.
The sheriff’s department told CBSLA Monday that the drunken driving portion of the case remains under investigation and investigators are still waiting on toxicology results. She could face further charges ones those results come in.MORE NEWS: Continued Push For Change Following Guilty Verdict In Derek Chauvin Trial For George Floyd's Death
The next court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 16.