Clinging on to her daughter for support, California socialite Rebecca Grossman arrives at court to stand trial for taking another mother’s children away from her.
Grossman walked into Los Angeles Superior Court Friday with her plastic surgeon husband Dr Peter Grossman on one arm and her lookalike daughter on the other. She also has two other children.
And the sight of the family arriving for jury selection will likely drive a fresh dagger into the hearts of Nancy and Karim Iskander, whose sons Jacob, 8, and Mark, 11, she is accused of murdering.
The youngster were hurled into the air when a Mercedes prosecutors said was being driven by Grossman plowed into them at 81mph on a crosswalk in Westlake Village in September 2020.
Mark was launched 250 feet in the air, with Nancy and the boy’s five year-old brother Zachary witnessing the horror that unfolded.
Rebecca Grossman, 60, center, together with her husband, Dr. Peter Grossman and daughter, right, walked arm in arm into Los Angeles Superior Court in Van Nuys, California on Friday
Prosecutors say Grossman was chasing after her secret lover, former Dodgers star Scott Erickson, after a cocktail-fueled lunch. The pair were headed back to an apartment at the time of the horror crash.
Despite the slew of scandalous allegations, Peter Grossman is standing by his wife, who denies the murders – and is now seeking to contest claims she was driving the killer car.
But Nancy Iskander appears to be altogether less forgiving. She tweets regularly about the upcoming trial and has repeatedly shared her desire for ‘justice’ to be served.
The Grossmans have been accused of slow-walking the trial.
Nancy has also shared a photo of the grave where both her young sons now lie buried, with the stark photo serving as a reminder of the chaos and grief Grossman stands accused of unleashing.
Grossman, 62, is accused of driving her Mercedes SUV at 81mph and killing brothers Mark Iskander, 11, left, and Jacob, eight, in 2020
Earlier this week, the boy’s mother, Nancy Iskander, wished her son, Jacob, a happy heavenly birthday, posting a photograph of the joint grave where the two brothers are buried
Rebecca Grossman looked at the ground as she made her way into the LA courthouse Friday
Dr. Peter Grossman puts his arm around his wife as she is walks into court on Friday
‘Happy Birthday in Heaven Jacob, I miss you, not a second has gone by without me wishing I am with you. Jacob mattered, say his name today as he turns 12,’ Nancy Iskander posted to X.
Back at the LA courthouse, all the Grossman’s look downbeat, particularly her daughter – perhaps knowing the severity of the charges her mother now faces.
Grossman’s daughter looked down at the ground as she walked arm in arm with her mother into the building.
Other photos showed Grossman linked by the arm with her husband and her daughter on either sider.
Both Grossmans were seen wearing face coverings as they walked in court.
The face masks appear to be a new look for the couple who had been seen arriving at the courthouse earlier in the week without wearing such protection.
They could be a way of hiding their emotions – with Grossman accused of smirking in earlier snaps shot of her outside the house of justice.
The family looked to maintain a somber look as they made their way into court on Friday
The face masks do a good job of shielding the Grossman’s emotions from the cameras
Grossman looked at the ground and attempted to ignore the cameras that were waiting for her
The Grossman family arrive at the courthouse with a member of their legal team in tow
Rebecca Grossman leaves court with her husband Peter and daughter after the wealthy socialite was accused of running over and killing two young brothers in Westlake Village in 2020
Grossman’s defense team are expected to make their opening statements in front of a jury by the end of next week, years after the September 2020 incident.
Mark, 11, and eight-year-old Jacob Iskander were killed as they crossed Triunfo Canyon Road at Saddle Mountain Drive.
Images from the scene show the front of Grossman’s luxury car badly-damaged by an impact prosecutors say was caused by the youngsters she mowed down while doing 81mph in a 45mph zone.
Grossman appeared to have been crying and was seen holding a crumpled tissue as she left
There will likely be many similar pictures like this to come as the trial is scheduled to start towards the end of next week and last for about six weeks
The Grossman’s are seen leaving court on Friday afternoon along with their legal team
But lawyers for Grossman, 62, have suggested it was former Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles pitcher Scott Erickson who had struck the Iskander brothers.
Grossman’s attorney Tony Buzzbee has alleged sheriff’s deputies failed to check Erickson’s black Mercedes, which Grossman is said to have been street racing in her white Mercedes at the time of the smash.
Buzbee alleged how Erickson had falsely told investigators the vehicle involved was a similar looking non-AMG 2007 model that he also owns – and that his vehicle was never examined following the incident.
The trial is expected to last six weeks and will see Grossman face five charges: 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.
The coverings appears to be a way of hiding their emotions as in earlier pictures, the couple appeared to be almost smirking
Scott Erickson, Rebecca Grossman’s alleged lover, is pictured in 2018. He was charged with a misdemeanor over the 2020 crash, and settled his case in 2022
Mark and Jacob were out walking with their parents and siblings when they were killed
The parents were able to stop their younger siblings from being hit – but couldn’t reach the two boys, Mark, 11, and Jacob, 8, in time
Erickson’s black Mercedes drove through the crosswalk where the brothers were struck while walking with their parents before Grossman’s car passed through.
According to the LA Times, Buzbee claimed that a sheriff’s investigator never checked Erickson’s vehicle after the incident and took his word that he was driving his own 2007 plate SUV at the time.
Buzbee told LA County Superior Court Judge Joseph Brandolino that Erickson produced that vehicle for examination in civil litigation after the crash.
The lawyer claims that Erickson had actually been inside a 2016 Mercedes-AMG on the day of the crash.
Buzbee said he would produce witnesses at trial to lay the foundation for the photo exhibit, and said one witness told an investigator she saw two vehicles strike the children that day.
The outlet reported that Buzbee added: ‘Why would law enforcement not look at this vehicle that he was driving that night?
‘Why wouldn’t they, especially when you had a witness, the first witness that provided a witness account, said there were two collisions three to five seconds apart? Why wouldn’t they go look at his vehicle?’
Deputy District Attorney Ryan Gould said prosecutors had no evidence to support the exhibit and didn’t know who had taken the photograph that Buzbee wanted to present.
On Wednesday, Grossman was seen gripping her LA plastic surgeon husband’s arm as they left the court after the second day of her murder trial.
Jury selection continued Wednesday for her trial in Van Nuys, California. Grossman was dressed modestly in a gray cardigan, white collard shirt and black pants
Grossman’s Mercedes after the incident. The black box showed she was traveling well over the 45mph limit
Mark Iskander, 11, and his younger brother Jacob, eight, were killed in the crash in 2020
Brothers Mark, 11, and Jacob Iskander, 8, were particularly close. Seen here in a family photo
Dr. Peter Grossman – dressed in a smart blue suit – is standing by her side, despite accusations that his wife was leaving a boozy lunch with Erickson.
Robert Apodaca, a former L.A. County sheriff’s deputy, who specializes in traffic crashes, testified at a preliminary that he calculated Grossman was driving 71.7 mph when she struck the boys and that the car computer showed 73 mph. Witnesses believe the car was moving at 81 mph.
Apodaca said Mark was thrown 254 feet by the impact – the farthest he has known a human to be tossed in a crash.
Erickson, now 55, was charged with a misdemeanor, and his case was resolved in February 2022 with a judge ordering him to make a public service announcement geared toward high school students about the importance of safe driving.
Erickson, who is divorced, was a star with the Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles. He then spent a year playing with the Los Angeles’ Dodgers in 2005, then ended his career with the New York Yankees in 2006.
Grossman’s murder charges are unusual as there was no charge of driving under the influence.
Her on-site breathalyzer test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.076 percent – slightly below California’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.
A blood sample taken three hours after the crash registered at the 0.08 percent mark.
Prosecutors will argue in court that Grossman was also on Valium and was impaired when she got behind the wheel.
Grossman – whose husband leads the prestigious Grossman Burn Center – will argue in her defense that a vehicle was in front of her, and that vehicle hit the boys, exonerating her and Erickson.
Karim and Nancy Iskander, the boys’ parents, are shown at a court hearing in April 2022
Grossman claims the accident was caused by a poorly lit, poorly signaled crosswalk. Above, the crosswalk
Jaime Castro, prosecuting, will argue that Grossman and Erickson ‘raced’ their SUVs through Westlake Village before Grossman hit the boys.
Castro said they had not intended to reveal Grossman’s affair with Erickson, but it became relevant because ‘the defense intends to argue that the black car that is at issue in this particular scenario is not Erickson’s.’
Nancy Iskander, the mother of the boys, has said she could not see which of the two vehicles hit her sons.
She said that she and Jacob were on inline skates while crossing the road at the crosswalk, while Mark was on his skateboard and her youngest son, five-year-old Zachary, was on his scooter. Her husband and daughter were jogging nearby.
‘The speed was insane,’ she said of the two SUVs. ‘They were zigzagging with each other as if they were playing or racing.
‘They didn’t stop before the intersection. They didn’t stop at the intersection. They didn’t stop when an 11-year-old was on the hood of the car. Nobody stopped.’
Erickson played with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2005 for a year, then ended his career with the New York Yankees in 2006. He was a star with the Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles
The Grossmans’ $8 million mansion in Hidden Hills, Los Angeles
Jurors are expected to hear from a California Highway Patrol officer who pulled over Grossman in 2013 after she was clocked going 92 mph on the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, and warned her she could kill someone.
Deputy Rafael Mejia testified he had found Grossman a third of a mile away from the crash.
She had pulled over, and was saying she did not know why her airbag had been triggered.
Grossman has been out on $2 million bond. Her trial is expected to last six weeks: If convicted of all charges, she could face up to 34 years in prison.