A Los Angeles socialite fatally struck 2 kids with her Mercedes while they were crossing the street, reports say

Summary List PlacementA 57-year-old woman arrested for the death of two young siblings who were crossing the street in California, PEOPLE reported. 

According to CBSLA, Rebecca Grossman, who is the co-founder of an organization that helps burn survivors with treatment and care, allegedly struck two brothers with her vehicle in Westlake Village, California at 7:10 p.m. on Tuesday night. Mark Iskander, 11, and Jacob Iskander, 9, were walking across a street with their family when the fatal incident occurred, the outlet reported. 

“The family was in a marked crosswalk,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Captain Salvador Becerra said, according to the outlet.  “As [their mother] realized two cars were speeding her way, she was able to reach out and grab one of her children off of a Razor scooter, with another child in the stroller as the car entered the intersection and hit the other two. ”

According to CBSLA, Grossman – who authorities said could’ve been speeding and intoxicated — did not remain at the scene following the crash.

Her vehicle, a white Mercedes which was wrecked in the front, was discovered about 880 yards from the scene and was towed away, the outlet reported. 

CBSLA reported that both young boys died from their injuries, one at the scene and the other in a hospital hours later. The local news outlet reported that Grossman was detained for two counts of vehicular manslaughter. Grossman’s bond was set at $2 million and according to the VC Star, she was released from authorities on Thursday. The outlet reported that Grossman is one of the heads of Grossman Burn Foundation —which assists burn survivors with care and treatment — according to the foundation’s website. 

According to the NY Post, Grossman has a court date later this month. 

The  LA Times reported that community members said the intersection where the incident occurred is “a dangerous crosswalk,” due to the lack of a “pedestrian light.”

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