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Closing arguments made in high-profile trial over hit and run deaths of two Westlake Village boys

Rebecca Grossman (second from left) exits court on Wednesday during her murder trial
Caroline Feraday
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KCLU
Rebecca Grossman is on trial for the murders of Mark and Jacob Iskander in a hit and run in Westlake Village in 2020 (pictured 15 February)

Rebecca Grossman is accused of the murders of Mark and Jacob Iskander, in 2020 hit and run in Westlake Village.

Prosecutors say Rebecca Grossman was speeding in excess of 80 mph, hitting two young boys in the crosswalk on Triunfo Canyon Road in Westlake Village on September 29, 2020, at the wheel of her white Mercedes SUV.

A jury of nine men and three women was told in closing arguments that Grossman tapped her brakes, per her car’s black box data, before plowing into Mark and Jacob Iskander at 73mph, killing 11-year-old Mark at the scene and 8-year-old Jacob who died that night in a hospital.

The jury heard that the two children were hit by the same amount of force as dropping her vehicle from a 12 storey height onto them, and did not stop until her vehicle disabled itself.

Her defense team maintains that the two children were first struck by a second vehicle, a black SUV driven by her former boyfriend Scott Erickson.

Her defense told the jury, "She ain't guilty of anything."

The trial, which is in its 6th week, is nearing an end, with the jury expected to start deliberations Thursday.

Grossman is charged with two counts of murder, two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and hit and run causing death. She denies the charges.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 7 Golden Mike Awards, 4 Los Angeles Press Club Awards and 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for ten years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.