Rebecca Grossman Blames Intersection for Brothers’ Deaths

Rebecca Grossman in 2014, and investigators looking into the fatal crash.

Rebecca Grossman in a 2014 video. Authorities investigating the crash in 2020.

Lawyers for the Los Angeles woman who struck and killed two young brothers in a crosswalk as she was allegedly engaged in a race with another driver says that the city’s failure to make the intersection safer is “one of the primary causes” of the boys’ deaths.

Rebecca Grossman is charged with murder in the deaths of Jacob Iskander, 8, and Mark Iskander, 11, who were killed on Sept. 29, 2020, while crossing a street in their Westlake Village neighborhood. Grossman was allegedly “engaged in a high-speed game of chicken” at the time with former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Scott Erickson when she struck the brothers with her car.

The boys, who were on roller skates and a skateboard at the time, were crossing a marked crosswalk with their parents, Nancy Iskander and Karim Iskander, nearby.

Grossman has pleaded not guilty. According to her lawyer, previous reports about the incident have been inaccurate.

“[I]t is now clear that one of the primary causes of the accident, in this case, was the dangerous aspects of the pedestrian crossing where it occurred,” attorney Tony Buzbee said Tuesday in a statement emailed to Law&Crime. “Our freedom of information act requests has revealed that, despite multiple complaints from concerned citizens and many near misses, the city of Westlake Village refused on at least five occasions (2014/2017/2018/2019) to make the crossing safe.”

Those emails allegedly included exhortations to add either a stoplight or flashing lights to the crossing, according to Buzbee.

“I fear someone will get hurt or killed,” one email allegedly read. “[I]f someone gets killed I hope the family knows that this has been reported repeatedly and sues the city for negligence,” said another, according to Buzbee.


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