‘Killer’ socialite Rebecca Grossman told hospital worker ‘If they didn’t disable my car, I would have been home right now’ after ‘murdering’ two young brothers with her Mercedes, court hears

An EMT who attended to a woman accused of mowing down and killing two young boys after an alcoholic lunch with her lover told a court Thursday that the woman complained that she had to stop her car.

Rebecca Grossman (60) is charged with murder after the accident on 29 September 2020 in which Jacob Iskander (8) and his 11-year-old brother Mark died.

The boys were crossing the road at an intersection in Westlake Village when Grossman crashed into them, according to prosecutors. She claims another car hit them.

Teryl Grasso, an EMT who works in the emergency room at Los Robles Regional Medical Center, testified Thursday that Grossman — whose airbags came on and whose car was involved in an incident and disabled — complained about being in the hospital.

“If they hadn’t disabled my car, I would be at home in my garage right now,” Grossman said, according to Grasso.

Rebecca Grossman and her husband Peter, a plastic surgeon, are seen leaving court on Thursday

Rebecca Grossman and her husband Peter, a plastic surgeon, are seen leaving court on Thursday

Mark (11) and Jacob (8) died when they crossed the road in September 2020

Mark (11) and Jacob (8) died when they crossed the road in September 2020

Grossman's white Mercedes SUV is pictured moments after the crash

Grossman’s white Mercedes SUV is pictured moments after the crash

Grasso added: ‘I’m not saying she didn’t care about those kids.’

Grossman’s attorney, Tony Buzbee, asked Grossman why she took three years to come forward with the claim, and why she said she was “chasing the news.”

“I followed the news and I had to go to therapy, too,” Grasso replied. ‘I was traumatised’.

Grasso said, according to The Los Angeles Timesthat she came forward because of Grossman’s comments that night and her behavior at the time.

Deputy District Attorney Jamie Castro asked if she was hesitant to come forward out of concern for patient confidentiality.

Grasso said yes, adding that she had sought expert advice on the interpretation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

She said she learned she could report comments under these circumstances.

Grasso said she had therapy for nine months after the accident.

“I still can’t talk about that night without crying,” she said.

Deputy Rafael Mejia told the Van Nuys jury Wednesday that he responded to the scene shortly after the collision.

He said he was told to look for a white vehicle with front-end damage.

Mejia said he found Grossman about three-tenths of a mile away standing outside her white Mercedes-Benz SUV, which had front-end damage.

“She told me that her vehicle was disabled by Mercedes-Benz,” Mejia told jurors.

Mejia said the airbags went off and that Grossman told him she hit something, but she didn’t know what she hit.

“She was sitting in the back seat of my vehicle,” Mejia told the court.

‘She kept telling me to call her husband – her husband can help those children. She said several times to call him.’

Tony Buzbee, Grossman's attorney, is seen leaving court Thursday

Tony Buzbee, Grossman’s attorney, is seen leaving court Thursday

Nancy Iskander, the mother of Jacob and Mark, is seen at the Van Nuys Courthouse

Nancy Iskander, the mother of Jacob and Mark, is seen at the Van Nuys Courthouse

Grossman is married to plastic surgeon Peter Grossman, who specializes in treating burn victims. He stood by her, despite the revelation that Grossman was having an affair with former LA Dodgers star Scott Erickson at the time.

She was having lunch with Erickson, drinking margaritas, and the two were riding together in separate vehicles when the accident happened.

Prosecutors played a recording of the phone call that was automatically initiated by her car.

Grossman, according to Courthouse Newsis asked by the respondent: ‘Did you hit someone or did someone hit you?’

“I don’t know,” Grossman replied.

“I was driving down the road, and suddenly my bag exploded.”

An LA County Fire Department dispatcher was called into the call, who told Grossman, “They said two kids were hit on roller skates.”

“No,” Grossman said, sounding distressed.

“So it’s not you?” asks the sender.

“I don’t know,” Grossman said. “I don’t know what hit me.”

“You’re not sure if you hit any kids?” asks the sender.

‘I turned the corner. It was dark. And suddenly my…’ she trailed off, never finishing the sentence.

Buzbee, a high-profile attorney who ran for mayor of Houston in 2019 and last year defended impeached Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, told jurors in his opening statements Friday that he will prove Grossman was not responsible for the death of the two sons.

He mocked a prosecution video reconstruction of the crash showing Mark and Jacob being hit by Grossman’s white Mercedes.

Mark Iskander (11) and his younger brother Jacob (8) died in the accident in 2020

Mark Iskander (11) and his younger brother Jacob (8) died in the accident in 2020

Grossman is accused of killing her brothers Mark, 11, and Jacob, 8, after plowing her Mercedes into the two boys in Westlake Village in September 2020

Grossman is accused of killing her brothers Mark, 11, and Jacob, 8, after plowing her Mercedes into the two boys in Westlake Village in September 2020

The Iskander brothers 'didn't have a chance,' prosecutor Ryan Gould said in opening statements in Rebecca Grossman's trial

The Iskander brothers ‘didn’t have a chance,’ prosecutor Ryan Gould said in opening statements in Rebecca Grossman’s trial

“No science could ever support that,” Buzbee said.

He accused the police of ‘taking the easy way out’ and blamed Grossman in a ‘rush to judgement’.

Buzbee called the police investigation into the crash ‘absolutely terrible’ and added that ‘there is not nearly enough evidence to convict Grossman.

‘She didn’t drop anything and someone else did. The prosecution is trying to fit a square peg in a round hole,’ he said.

Buzbee argued that the Westlake Village crossing, where the boys were killed, is “dangerous” and “improperly marked.”

And he also claimed that Mark and Jacob were not actually at the crossroads, but 50 feet north of it when they were hit.

He refuted the prosecutor’s claim that Grossman tried to ‘flee the scene’.

And Buzbee said witnesses will tell of hearing two impacts, adding that while prosecutors “suggest that one vehicle did it, it’s scientifically impossible.”

He also said he plans to present expert witnesses who will say Grossman was only traveling at 52 mph — not the 81 mph the DA claims.

He said her lover Scott Erickson’s car, which was ahead of Grossman’s, had done “more than 70” before the tragedy.

As for prosecutors’ claims that Grossman was impaired by alcohol and Valium, another of her attorneys, Mark Thiessen told the jury, ‘That’s simply untrue.’

Prosecutors say Grossman chased Scott Erickson — who was driving a separate SUV — after a cocktail-fueled lunch at Julio's in Westlake Village

Rebecca Grossman

Prosecutors say Grossman chased Scott Erickson (left) — who was driving a separate SUV — after a cocktail-fueled lunch at Julio’s in Westlake Village

Erickson played with the Los Angeles Dodgers for one year starting in 2005 and then finished his career with the New York Yankees in 2006.  He was a star with the Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles

Erickson played with the Los Angeles Dodgers for one year starting in 2005 and then ended his career with the New York Yankees in 2006.

Rebecca Grossman is seen with her husband, Dr Peter Grossman - a renowned plastic surgeon who runs a specialist burns unit.  The pair are pictured together in October 2011

Rebecca Grossman is seen with her husband, Dr Peter Grossman – a renowned plastic surgeon who runs a specialist burns unit. The pair are pictured together in October 2011

He called the police investigation “messed up” and labeled the roadside sobriety and breathalyzer given to Grossman as “misapplied.”

Thiessen argued that she was ‘polite, coherent and cooperative’ with police at the scene and she had ‘no loss of mental or physical abilities’.

‘She didn’t do anything wrong,’ he said, adding that it was a case of: ‘We have two dead children. We need someone to blame.’

However, Gould told the jury that earlier in the day Grossman drank half a margarita at a friend’s house, then a full margarita with Erickson at Julio’s in Westlake Village before they decided to drive to her house to ‘ watching a Biden-Trump presidential debate. on TV.

A witness who spotted Grossman and Erickson speeding toward Julio’s before the crash recalled thinking, ‘They’re going to kill somebody the way they’re going,’ Gould said.

After the horrific crash, he said, the boys’ mother, Nancy Iskander, could see Jacob lying in the road, but she couldn’t see Mark because he was thrown so far and hit.

“At the speed Mrs. Grossman was going, he (Mark) was projected 254 feet away,” Gould said.

‘And she didn’t stop…she continued down the road.

‘Mark died of traumatic blunt force injuries. Jakob was decapitated internally – the force of the collision severed his spinal cord from the inside.’

Gould told the court that the black box inside Grossman’s Mercedes indicated that just before the crash she was ‘flooring’ it, driving at 81mph in a 45mph zone.

“If she was going 45 miles an hour, she wouldn’t have hit Mark and Jacob,” Gould said.

Grossman faces a maximum sentence of 34 years to life in prison if convicted.