A former magazine publisher has been arrested while under the influence of alcohol in California for reportedly murdering two young brothers in a hit-and – run accident.
Rebecca Grossman, 57, who is a co-founder of the Grossman Burn Foundation, was arrested after smashing her speeding Mercedes into brothers on suspicion of homicide and DUI, Mark and Jacob Iskander, in Westlake Village, police said.
Mark, 11, died at the scene while his nine-year-old brother, Jacob, died in hospital a few hours later.
The young boys were ‘walking with their family’ at the time of the tragedy, according to Capt Salvador Becerra of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
‘It is a very tragic situation. The mother and father were able to pull the other two children back in time, and the vehicle struck the two other children,’ Becerra said.
Rebecca Grossman (pictured with her husband Peter), 57, who is a co-founder of the Grossman Burn Foundation, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and DUI after smashing her speeding Mercedes into brothers, Mark and Jacob Iskander, in Westlake Village, police said
Mark (left), 11, died at the scene while his nine-year-old brother, Jacob (right), died in hospital a few hours later
Investigators said that before she hit the brakes, one boy was held 100 ft on the hood of the vehicle, at which point he fell off the vehicle and she ran him over before fleeing the scene again.
Investigators said street racing may have been involved and claim Grossman is not cooperating with detectives.
Police said the crash took place at 7.10pm at the intersection of Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Drive.
Six family members were crossing the three-way intersection on a marked crosswalk on the road with no stoplight.