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Socialite charged with murder over hit and run collision fails in bid to have charges thrown out

Rebecca Grossman is set to be arraigned on charges of second-degree murder in the deaths of 11-year-old Mark and 8-year-old Jacob Iskander, who were killed as they used a Westlake Village crosswalk in September 2020
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Rebecca Grossman lost her attempt to have a murder charge thrown out in the deaths of 11-year-old Mark and 8-year-old Jacob Iskander, who were killed as they used a Westlake Village crosswalk in September 2020

Rebecca Grossman, who is due to stand trial for vehicular homicide in Ventura County, which left two young boys dead, has lost her attempt to have the murder charges thrown out.

Rebecca Grossman was seeking to overturn the charge of murder, after two young boys - Jacob and Mark Iskander - were killed in a hit and run collision in Westlake Village, as they crossed the road at a crosswalk with their younger brother and mother Nancy in September 2020.

Lawyers for Grossman were unsuccessful in a bid to have the murder charges thrown out, at Wednesday's hearing at Van Nuys Courthouse.

Nancy Iskander, the mom of the two boys who were killed, welcomed the decision.

"I'm very thankful, I feel very blessed. We are hoping that we will see justice soon," she said, outside the court.

"It's extremely tough. We miss the boys every day, we have been taken through this for almost two years now, we haven't seen Mark and Jacob, they haven't been in their beds... and I'm here in court."

Judge Brandolino told the court that he doesn’t expect a trial until next year.

Grossman denies the charges.

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