Rebecca Grossman ‘frenzied’, weakened after crash, MPs say

A Hidden Hills woman drove nearly half a mile after hitting two boys fatally on a Westlake Village road at high speed and told a deputy her Mercedes-Benz had become disabled after ‘hit something’ , according to a testimony and a video broadcast during the third day. of his preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

As another Los Angeles County deputy came to administer a DUI test to Rebecca Grossman after the September 29, 2020 crash, video from the Sheriff’s Department shows her repeatedly asking him versions of the question: “What going on with these children? ”

She repeatedly interrupted the deputy, who eventually determined she was intoxicated, trying to find out the whereabouts of 11-year-old Mark Iskander and his 8-year-old brother Jacob, who were in a crosswalk with their family on Triunfo Canyon Road when they were hit by Grossman. SUV.

She told the deputy that her husband, Dr. Peter Grossman, is a surgeon and could help, adding that his home is nearby. “Can someone tell me how the children are doing?” … The officer said children were hit,” she said.

Defense attorneys for Grossman viewed the video while questioning Deputy Michael Kelly during the third day of the hearing to determine whether the 58-year-old Grossman Burn Foundation co-founder should stand trial for murder, grossly negligent vehicular manslaughter, and hit-and-run driving resulting in death.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Shellie Samuels had previously heard testimony that Grossman was driving at 81 mph before hitting the boys crossing the road with their mother, Nancy Iskander, and 5-year-old brother years around 7:10. pm

Grossman had followed at high speed an SUV driven by his friend, former Dodger Scott Erickson, who was the first to cross the crosswalk and swerved to avoid the mother and three boys, sources said. witnesses earlier in the hearing.

Eyewitnesses testified Tuesday that Grossman’s Mercedes followed Erickson’s black SUV and came up behind them on Triunfo Canyon Road “going fast, over the speed limit, highway speed or can -be faster”. During witness questioning, Grossman’s legal team suggested that Erickson’s vehicle may have blocked Grossman’s view of anyone in the crosswalk.

Deputy Rafael Mejia testified Wednesday that he was sent to find Grossman’s white SUV after it continued to drive away from the scene of the fatal crash.

He said he found Grossman near his damaged vehicle smelling of alcohol with watery eyes, and she told him that ‘she hit something’ and that his ‘vehicle was disabled by Mercedes-Benz’ after the deployment of the airbag.

“She was frantic, spoke fast,” Mejia said, noting that he called a deputy who specialized in driving under the influence to check on her.

Deputy Michael Kelly, who administered a DUI test, said he determined she was ‘impaired’. When he first found her sitting in the back of a patrol SUV, he said, she had a faint smell of alcohol, but she didn’t blur her words.

In the video, Grossman tells Kelly that she had a drink a few hours ago at Julio’s restaurant around 5 p.m. – a single, full-sized margarita.

“It was dark. I came around the corner, my airbag deployed and they tell me there are children involved,” she told the deputy.

Judge Samuels said Grossman’s concern had no bearing on whether she had committed the crimes: “I would expect any human being to be concerned about children.”

Two breathalyzer tests administered about 90 minutes after the accident showed that his blood alcohol level was slightly below the legal limit for driving in California.

The prosecutor questioned Kelly about the additive effect of certain drugs and alcohol, and the deputy said that certain drugs, when combined with alcoholic beverages, can have a greater effect. The prosecutor asked if diazepam would be such a drug, and Kelly answered “yes”.

Grossman’s attorneys attempted to add an additional witness, arguing that an expert would testify that she had stopped the vehicle of her own accord and had not committed a hit-and-run.

But the judge said it was too late and challenged Grossman’s attorney Alan Eisner, noting that someone tried to start the SUV 14 times after it stopped.

On Tuesday, a collision expert with the Orange County district attorney’s office said Grossman’s Mercedes cut fuel to the engine after a crash to avoid a fire, which would eventually force the driver to pull over.

The hearing continued until May 4, when it is expected to resume.

Facing 34 years to life in prison if convicted, Grossman has pleaded not guilty and is out on $2 million bail.

To secure a second-degree murder conviction, prosecutors must prove that Grossman acted with implied malice and knew that driving at speeds over 70 mph in a residential area was dangerous to human life. Prosecutors said Grossman’s speeding history and the warnings she received were a form of notice; she had previously had two speeding tickets on a nearby freeway a decade ago and the same year on Kanan Road in Malibu.

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