Co-Founder of Burn Foundation Will Stand Trial After 2020 Fatal DUI Hit-and-Run Crash

Fox 11 in Los Angeles reports that Grossman Burn Foundation co-founder Rebecca Grossman has been ordered to stand trial for murder and other related charges for a DUI-hit and run in 2020 that left two children dead.

The fatal crash happened on the evening of September 29, 2020, as a family of six was out walking in a Westlake Village neighborhood. As the family approached the intersection, Grossman, driving at an unsafe speed, turned the corner. The mother and father saw the danger and reached for two of their children, but the two brothers, ages 9 and 11, were already in the intersection when they were struck. 

The 11-year-old boy died of his injuries at the scene, while his 9-year-old brother was rushed to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. The boy died just a few hours later.

Grossman, now 58, was found and apprehended approximately half a mile from the fatal crash scene. 

During a 5-day pre-trial hearing, defense counsel for Grossman argued that the charges of murder were excessive and should be dismissed. Superior Court Judge Shellie Samuels denied the motion and ordered Grossman to stand trial for two counts, each of felony murder and felony manslaughter with gross negligence in addition to DUI and DUI resulting in death.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said in a statement that if Grossman is convicted of the charges against her, she could be facing between 34 years and life in prison. 

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