California philanthropist charged with murder in hit-and-run accident in which two young brothers were killed

A philanthropist in California is charged with murder due to a hit-and-run accident last September in which two young brothers were killed. CBS Los Angeles reports Rebecca Grossman, 57, pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and manslaughter with gross negligence in a Los Angeles County Superior court in Van Nuys on Wednesday, along with one hit-and-run charge. resulted in death.

Her bail was set at $ 2 million. According to the Los Angeles Attorneys’ Office, she faces up to 34 years in prison if convicted if convicted.

Evening of Hope 2017
Rebecca Grossman accepted the Betty Fisher Legacy Award during Evening of Hope 2017 at Sheraton Universal on May 18, 2017 in Universal City, California.

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On the night of September 29, 11- and 8-year-old Mark and Jacob Iskander were in a crossroads at the intersection of Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Drive when they were hit and killed by a speeding Mercedes while walking with their family. wash. .

LA County Sheriff’s investigators say the driver, Grossman, drove away.

Her white Mercedes, which had damage to the front, came to a halt about a mile from the crash scene after the engine broke down, prosecutors allege.

Grossman is a co-founder and chairman of the Grossman Burn Foundation, the wife of the foundation’s president. She has received awards and praise for her philanthropy around the world.

The sheriff’s department told CBS in Los Angeles on Monday that the drunk driving section of the case is still under investigation and that investigating officers are still awaiting the toxicological results. Once the results come in, she could face further charges.

The next court hearing is scheduled for February 16.