Rebecca Grossman, the former publisher of Westlake magazine and cofounder of the Grossman Burn Foundation, was arrested Tuesday night on two counts of vehicular homicide after allegedly hitting two young boys with her Mercedes in a Westlake Village crash that police believe may have involved alcohol and street racing.
Authorities say brothers Jacob Iskander, 9, and Mark Iskander, 11, were crossing the street at Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Drive with their parents and two other siblings when their parents heard a rapidly approaching car but couldn’t react in time to save all the children.
“The children were walking with their family. It is a very tragic situation. The mother and father were able to pull the other two children back in time, and the vehicle struck the two other children,” Capt. Salvador Becerra of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told ABC 7.
A scooter and a pair of rollerblades were found near the scene of the accident.
One boy died at the scene while the other died in the hospital. The sheriff’s department also says that one of the brothers was carried on the hood of the car for more than 100 feet before Grossman applied the brakes and the boy fell into the street. Police say Grossman then ran over the boy as she fled the scene, not pulling over until she was a mile and half away.
Grossman is out on $2 million bail. According to one report, she is not cooperating with investigators.
Police say they have surveillance footage of the incident.