High-profile Los Angeles socialite on trial for murder in fatal crash that killed two young brothers

VAN NUYS, California – The murder trial of a Los Angeles socialite, Rebecca Grossman, began on Friday over a fatal crash that took the lives of two young brothers. Grossman, 60, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the September 2020 incident that killed Jacob Iskander, eight, and his brother Mark, 11. The trial got off to a contentious start as the prosecution and defense clashed over admissible evidence.
According to prosecutors, Grossman had a boozy lunch with her former lover, Scott Erickson, a former LA Dodgers player, before getting behind the wheel of her Mercedes SUV and hitting the two boys as they crossed a street in Westlake Village. However, the defense argued in their opening statements that it was Erickson who hit and killed the children while driving a separate vehicle after their lunch.
The defense attorney, Tony Buzbee, made a shocking claim that Erickson was found “hiding in the bushes” after the crash, a detail that prosecutors were not aware of. The prosecution accused Buzbee of unethical behavior and called his actions a mockery of the justice system. Despite this, the judge did not impose sanctions against Buzbee but scolded him for violating pre-trial rulings.
Buzbee further argued that the police investigation into the accident was flawed and that there was insufficient evidence to convict Grossman. He claimed that the crosswalk where the boys were killed was dangerous and improperly marked. Additionally, he contested the prosecution’s assertion that Grossman tried to flee the scene and challenged the credibility of roadside tests conducted on his client. Buzbee also plans to introduce expert witnesses who will dispute the prosecution’s claims about Grossman’s speed at the time of the crash.
Prosecutors countered Buzbee’s arguments, alleging that Grossman was impaired by alcohol and valium at the time of the incident. They claimed that she drank half a margarita at a friend’s house and then a full margarita with Erickson before deciding to drive home. Witnesses reportedly observed Grossman and Erickson racing before the crash, expressing concern for public safety. The mother of the victims, Nancy Iskander, could see one of her sons lying in the road after the collision but could not locate the other because of the force of the impact.
If convicted, Grossman could face a maximum sentence of 34 years to life in prison. The trial will continue as prosecutors present evidence and witnesses to establish Grossman’s guilt, while the defense aims to challenge the prosecution’s narrative and provide an alternative explanation for the tragic accident.