Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Scott Erickson has been charged with reckless driving in connection with a hit-and-run in Westlake Village that killed two boys last year. According to a KTLA news report, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said that 52-year-old Erickson was charged with one misdemeanor count of reckless driving.
Investigators said he was racing with 57-year-old Rebecca Grossman, a socialite who co-founded the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles. Grossman struck and killed two boys — Mark Iskander, 11, and his brother, 8-year-old Jacob — as they crossed the street in a marked crosswalk in Westlake Village with their parents. Prosecutors said Grossman left the scene, eventually stopping about a quarter-mile from the crash scene.
She pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and hit-and-run resulting in death. She is free on $2 million bail. Erickson, who pitched for teams including the New York Yankees and the Dodgers, and Grossman are close personal friends, according to a news report. The two are reportedly fixtures on the local bar circuit and on that night, were driving separate vehicles to the same home in Westlake Village.
Our hearts go out to the family of the children for their tragic loss. They will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Speeding and Reckless Driving
This story is an example of how a momentary lapse in judgment or one wrong choice in life can change not just your life, but also someone else’s. In this case, a family lost two young children. Racing on a public roadway is illegal in California. Here in Southern California, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in street racing crashes, especially during the pandemic when streets have been relatively emptier because of lockdowns.
In such cases, the at-fault drivers will face criminal charges and penalties. In addition, they can also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses caused to victims. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is a factor, families of deceased victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love, care and companionship. An experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney will be able to advise victims and their families in such situations regarding their legal rights and options from a hit and run injury.