We have stood by as family members and lifelong friends witnessing the painful persecution of a loved one based on false allegations, sensationalized news and gross overcharging by prosecutors, in turn, creating more suffering for all involved. Rebecca Grossman has been prohibited from sharing her side of the story. So we will ...
Please know that along with Rebecca, we remain heartbroken and grieve deeply for the parents of Mark and Jacob. We pray daily for the family, their loved ones and the community. We hope that the facts of this tragic accident are revealed to help bring closure and healing to all shattered by an incomprehensible event.
Many have followed the false narrative created in the media that came to be after a tragic accident occurred on September 29th, 2020, claiming the lives of two young boys.
Rebecca Grossman, described only as a "socialite", has been painted to be someone that she is not by local and international tabloid media and by individuals on social media that do not know the actual facts of this heartbreaking accident.
We are sharing information and the facts of this case that has been omitted by the news and willfully withheld by investigators as well as information on the question, who is Rebecca Grossman?
The intention of this site is not to create a victim or to place blame. The intention is simply to share the facts that have been concealed or remain uncovered by the media and to help educate the public by providing factual information.
Information is the key to determining the truth about what really happened that night.
We are imploring ANYONE who spoke to a Sheriff the night of the accident, witnessed or has information about the accident to please call: 866-202-1506
On September 29th, 2020, a tragic accident occurred. For two years the media has focused on only one side of this story.
Unfortunately in a high profile case, many times it is NOT about finding the truth but rather, it is solely about winning. The EVIDENCE prosecutors do not want the public to know about and the sensational news designed to persecute and create click bait clearly show that many of the allegations are part of a false narrative.
The facts of this case include:
1. As originally claimed in the media, Rebecca Grossman was not over the legal limit. She blew under the legal limit nine times in two separate PAS breathalyzer (Lifelock FC 20) devices as seen on the body cam footage of the sobriety test. She performed all tasks well and spoke clearly. Later BAC results were under the legal limit. This will be shown in open court. She has not been charged with a DUI, she has never had a DUI or her license suspended (as reported in the news) and has no criminal record.
2. This is NOT a “street racing” case, as the press initially reported. The District Attorney overseeing this case further made this clear in open court; the statement made by the DA Ryan Gould in a court transcript is, "No evidence of racing."
3. Rebecca absolutely did not flee the scene of the accident and fully cooperated with legal authorities. The Judge has confirmed that she waited for police to arrive as directed on the 911 call. Furthermore, the Judge has stated on the record that there is no evidence to suggest Rebecca saw anyone in the road and even stated that he believes she did not.
4. The police and prosecution insist on relying on black box data that is clearly wrong and erroneous—data that greatly misrepresents Rebecca’s speed. The truth and indisputable facts regarding speed will be shown in court.
5. Video footage (posted in a link below) from area security cameras clearly show several vehicles passing through the crosswalk at the time of the accident, but no effort was ever made by the prosecution to determine who was driving the other cars that all left the scene of the accident or whether they were also involved in the accident as reported by two eyewitnesses. Those reports have been concealed from the public by the prosecution.
6. When the Grossman's asked for a limit to the media exposure in the courtroom, it was primarily due to threats made against Rebecca, her family and the burn centers that stemmed from fake news & social media that included accusations that she was a driver in another accident. They even published her photograph side by side with another family when it was altogether a completely different woman with the same name. The story reran in the Daily Mail four times over a year. This, among other fake stories, were circulated on hundreds of media websites.
7. A story told by a traffic officer was falsified to bring Rebecca's character into question. This particular officer claims that he recalls a story from a routine traffic ticket he gave Grossman nine years ago. This nine-year-old traffic ticket has been used by the prosecution as a basis for claiming that Rebecca had "no regard for human life". The only notes that the officer wrote on the back of the ticket in the note section is that "she was on her way to pick up her kids at school." Now, years later, he supposedly recalls Rebecca "threatening" him and conveyed this to a fellow officer involved directly in the investigation only after he saw the story on the news. This officer also chose to send a representative in his place to tell "this story" at the preliminary hearing to avoid cross examination by the defense. Why did he refuse to take the stand in person? Furthermore, when the defense requested access to this officers record, union reps appeared in court to block access to his file, why?
8. Two airbags were deployed at the time of the accident. Vehicles shut off the fuel pumps to avoid potential fire when a collision triggers the deployment of airbags. This is why Grossman steered her car to the side of the road to get out of traffic. The cabin of the vehicle became filled with a fog from the sodium azide chemical inside the airbag that is released when the emergency bags begin to deflate. This chemical causes burning to the eyes and visual impairment.
The delays, in this case, have been extremely frustrating for ALL parties.
SOME ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS AND POINTS TO CONSIDER:
* Why are all of the Los Angeles Sheriff's involved in this case (several of the very same officers involved in the recent Vanessa -Kobe-Bryant case that were found liable for destroying evidence) REFUSING to show up for depositions?
* Why did the lead investigator, LASD officer David Huelson (who took early retirement shortly after the charges were filed) say to attorney's, "Good luck serving me," now that he resides in Tennessee? If he is telling the truth, shouldn't he stand by his word and show up when requested. Why is he still avoiding the subpoena?
* Why is the Asst. DA, Ryan Gould, supporting the absence of selected law enforcement officers involved in this case in any and all court proceedings including contrived efforts to block scheduled depositions of these critical witnesses?
* At least two members of the community reported to the city in recent years (among numerous complaints dating back to 2012) that the intersection and crosswalk was so dangerous that someone would get killed there. Why hasn’t that been investigated or reported (as evident in the CIVIL CLAIMS POSTED BELOW ON THIS SITE )? Why did the city wait to attempt to make the crosswalk safer, only AFTER this tragedy, by placing a beacon traffic light at the intersection?
There were two videos that captured footage within seconds of the accident including all of the cars involved. The original footage was allowed to be erased (destroying evidence) by LASD investigators, claiming "they did not have the updated equipment to download the original copies".
Fortunately, one officer took video of this footage on his personal cell phone off of the computer screens at the two locations that captured the videos. However, due to the poor quality of this third-generation footage, it has been almost impossible for forensic videographers to capture a clear result from the footage.
The following video captures all of the cars present seconds after the impact (roughly 250 feet past the said crosswalk). Grossman's vehicle (the fourth vehicle of the seven captured traversing the road at the time of the accident) is documented to be traveling approximately 48 mph in this footage captured within seconds of the accident. She was only 1/2 mile from her home in Westlake Village. All vehicles in this video have their headlights on although the prosecution claims that is was light outside. The accident took place a half hour after sunset at 7:10pm. No investigator attempted to determine how it is physically possible for Rebecca's car to have struck two children on skates and the cars only seconds in front and behind her vehicle did not. Not one investigator ever tried to find the other vehicles involved or asked to see any vehicle that they may have had access to in the days immediately following the accident. Grossman was the only driver that stayed after the accident even though her car was still drivable.
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Below is witness testimony taken from eyewitness depositions and police reports. In discovery, it was found that witness reports came up missing and we would like to ask the public again for its help.
If you know of anyone who was a witness to this accident and gave a report to the LASD officers the night of the accident, to please call the following toll free number as soon as possible: 866-202-1506
Contrary to the information that was released by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD) to the media in a press conference within hours of the accident, the following are statements by eyewitnesses that were on the street in the immediate area and saw the event take place. The first witness below has NOT been called as a witness for the prosecution. Factually, this specific witness could not get law enforcement to return her follow-up calls after she gave the report below. She was also one of the first 911 callers.
NOTE: It would be illegal to release false statements. The following statements are taken from police reports, court transcripts and public/private documents.
******* ******* testified she was "confident there were two separate and distinct impacts involving two-separate vehicles."
******* ******* testified to witnessing "a young white male tell the same officer that he saw a silver car pull over and check for bumper damage before getting back into his car and leaving the scene". Rebecca's vehicle was a white SUV.
Two other separate eyewitnesses (taken from police reports) stated that they "witnessed two vehicles that were gray or silver sedans racing." The defense believes this may have been the two cars following in the video roughly ten seconds behind Grossman's vehicle and also heard by witnesses on nearby tennis courts. Grossman's vehicle is 240 feet behind the vehicle directly before hers. The two light colored sedans that are within feet of each other both left the scene quickly after passing through the accident site behind Grossman and subsequently passing her car that was pulled to the side of the road.
The witness statement in the police report taken from the father of the children on the night of the accident by a deputy states that he was:
"approximately 100-yards behind the family pushing the stroller with the youngest and did not observe the collision occur."
Considering that four of the six remaining family members, were the only members in the road ahead (the mother on roller blades who crossed first with the youngest boy (5) on a scooter and the two boys that were involved in the accident on roller blades and a skateboard following behind (8 & 11), were a football field apart from the father who was with the stroller when the accident took place, why was the following statement made to the press by the Sheriff's department only a few hours later when they had the fathers reported statement (above) in hand?
"The father was barely able to get the stroller out of the crosswalk to avoid being hit".
This completely untrue statement, among many, was made to dramatize an already horrific accident.
Several of these false statements were later retracted by Captain Becerra who, at the time, was the Captain of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Department; however, the retraction was too late; the news went viral with the false and inaccurate information including being posted on the Sheriff's Facebook page during the investigation.
These careless and unverified statements that also included claims of the accident being DUI related, street racing by Grossman's SUV, and the most egregious and false statement of all that claimed that Grossman's vehicle carried a child on the hood for 100 feet and then she attempted to brake so the child would roll off, in turn, immediately fleeing and running over the child. There is not one witness to corroborate this horrendous statement and experts confirmed that this accussation is completely false. This blatant lie among other carelessly fabricated remarks were made by the Sheriff in a press conference within hours of a terrible accident, in turn, fueling community outrage and bias opinions based on false information. How did these false and insensitive remarks help to ease the pain and suffering of the parents and all involved?
The family of the children deserve to know what exactly happened. In the video captured above, there are three cars that follow Grossman's car. One pulls over (as also seen by an eyewitness that night who states that the driver got out to check their bumper before leaving abruptly) however all three of these vehicles captured on the video footage quickly drive away leaving the area and were not among any of the 911 callers.
This is NOT the narrative being presented by the prosecution or the press. These are facts that will come out in trial.
The additional two vehicles that followed Grossman's vehicle appear to be light colored sedans that approach quickly (within 10 seconds behind Grossman's car) and then drive away, in turn, passing by Grossman's car that was pulled to the side of the road against the curb.
Rebecca remained on the 911 call connected to law enforcement for ten minutes. She then waited by her vehicle as directed for twenty minutes before they arrived. She did not know why her airbags suddenly deployed and she had no idea that her car had hit someone. Her car was only temporarily disabled after the airbags were deployed but was still driveable.
FACT: There were NO efforts to find the other drivers captured in this video, who would have been key witnesses. Grossman was struck by multiple airbags that resulted in injury to her head, left shoulder and fracturing her driving foot after being pinned against her seat by the vehicle's front airbags.
Regardless, she provided the police on the 911 call with her name, location and all information requested without any hesitation within sixty seconds of the accident and waited twenty minutes for their arrival.
FACT: Not ONE investigator with the LA Sheriff's department listened to the "911 recorded call" prior to the preliminary hearing that took place 18-months after the accident occurred. How can one get a clear picture of what really happened if they don't even listen to the recorded call with police that was made within seconds of the accident?
The first time the Sheriff's heard this critical piece of evidence was in the courtroom at the preliminary hearing, a year and a half AFTER the accident occurred.
FACT: The District Attorney's office charged Rebecca Grossman with a double murder and have not, to this day (over two years later), even performed a reconstruction of the accident. This was stated in open court by the Asst DA Ryan Gould and verified in court transcripts.
THE CIVIL CASE
Plaintiffs CIVIL LAWSUIT filed against the City of Westlake Village, Los Angeles County and the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans):
FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION (Dangerous Condition of Public Property by PLAINTIFFS (ISKANDERS)
Against Defendants CALTRANS, CITY OF WESTLAKE VILLAGE, LA COUNTY, and DOES 1 through 100, inclusive.)
PLAINTIFFS are informed, believe, and thereon allege, that at all times herein relevant, the SUBJECT INTERSECTION, where the SUBJECT COLLISION occurred, was defective and contained various dangerous conditions pursuant to Government Code sections.
The SUBJECT INTERSECTION created a dangerous condition which was not reasonably apparent to even prudent motorists and pedestrians; b. The SUBJECT INTERSECTION lacks any or has insufficient and/or defective warning signs, signals, or other forms of warning to alert
drivers or pedestrians;
c. The street lights located at the SUBJECT INTERSECTION and/or street lights located on the adjacent property that were necessary to make the SUBJECT INTERSECTION and/or SUBJECT CROSSWALK safe for pedestrian travel were operating in a defective manner or not operating at all ---
"thereby preventing motorists from having the ability to see pedestrians traveling at the SUBJECT CROSSWALK";
Indeed, GOVERNMENT ENTITIES actually knew of this dangerous condition based upon numerous prior collisions at or near this same location, complaints regarding the SUBJECT INTERSECTION, their maintenance of the SUBJECT INTERSECTION, public hearings regarding the SUBJECT INTERSECTION. Yet, they failed to use reasonable care and failed to repair the unreasonable risk of harm, failed to protect against harm from the condition, and/or failed to adequately warn of the unreasonable risk of harm created by, among other things, these inadequate and unsafe sight lines and sight distances. As a direct and foreseeable result of these failures, the location of the SUBJECT COLLISION constituted a concealed trap to all foreseeable users".
Much of the information in the civil claim came from numerous documented complaints made by citizens regarding this very intersection dating back to 2012.
Rebecca Grossman was born in 1963 in Odessa, Texas. She was raised by a single mother along with two older brothers. She grew up in a suburb of Dallas, Texas before attending college and relocating to California. Rebecca Grossman is a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor and compassionate human being.
Rebecca attended Texas Tech University, followed by UCLA where she studied Broadcast Journalism and Marketing with a focus on health and well being. Rebecca flew for Southwest Airlines for sixteen years. She met her husband, Dr. Peter Grossman, after taking a position as a Director of Marketing for a medical equipment company.
She went on to publish three lifestyle magazines over a period of ten years (over 100 magazines) that served the communities that she grew to love.
Spotlighting the good people and organizations of these Southern California towns brought her great joy. Whether it was providing a featured editorial on someone as an up and coming singer / artist or donating space to help raise the presence of local charities, schools and inspiring individuals, Rebecca made sure the magazines were a valuable source for the members of the communities in which she was honored to serve.
Rebecca and her husband Peter have been married almost 23 years. They have a daughter and a son, ages 18 and 16. They are huge animal lovers and maintain a menagerie of adopted pets they consider essential family members. In 2006, just after the birth of her son, Rebecca launched The Grossman Burn Foundation where she remains a volunteer Chair supporting the needs of burn survivors both locally and globally.
Rebecca is the type of person who genuinely loves people and thrives on being a form of support to friends, loved ones, neighbors, colleagues, members of the community and patients of the burn survivor foundation from all around the world.
On numerous occasions, she has opened the doors of their home to those she crossed paths with and was inspired to share their lives with. In turn, she and her husband have developed many cherished relationships with individuals who they both consider family.
Case in point, one ten-year old girl named Zubaida Hasan, was a burn-victim from Afghanistan; Zubaida became like a daughter to Rebecca and Peter. Zubaida lived with the Grossman's for almost seven years while undergoing fifteen reconstructive surgeries and mental health therapy. Rebecca made special clothing for Zubaida to help camouflage her healing scars and even put her in school where she was able to learn to speak English in twelve weeks. She considered Zubaida her first child as she went through years of fertility treatments. Zubaida is now 29 and a mother herself.
Role modeling the importance of giving back and supporting other charitable organizations has been a priority of Rebecca and Peter, not only for their children but for the communities they have served for many decades.
Together, Rebecca and Peter have supported numerous causes in addition to burn care ranging from autism treatment/support, cancer research/treatment, food banks, military veterans and healthcare initiatives to educational grants, senior care, the prevention of human and sex trafficking, domestic violence education/prevention, empowerment of children as well as animal rescues and more all serving both LA and Ventura Counties.
They have both spent their lives working extremely hard and feeling blessed to do so.
And then ...
ON SEPTEMBER 29th, 2020, A DEVASTATING EVENT CHANGED LIVES FOREVER
To learn more about this story watch the following Oprah segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo32noBNUWY&t=60s
In 2018, Rebecca launched the organization, Mother's Against Sex Trafficking - VISIT https://mothersagainstsextrafficking.com/
After receiving numerous letters from all over the world from women who were victims of domestic violence, in 2010, Rebecca started a vocal petition to stop violence against women globally. VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/242993973
Rebecca Grossman launched the Grossman Burn Foundation in 2006 and has served as a volunteer Chair for over sixteen years. To learn more about the care that the foundation has provided both locally and globally, please visit: https://www.grossmanburnfoundation.org/
The GBF's Project Faith program was named by Rebecca in honor of Faith Wanjugo:
Having faith is important in our world and we pray for faith as the evidence of the legal case against Rebecca Grossman continues to be revealed. We continue to pray for healing for all involved and for reconciliation.
There is more to the story than has been told.
The District Attorney noted in open court that he will seek a protective order to unfairly block the sharing of the information on this website.
However, we will continue to post evidence of this case as it is our constitutional right. The truth needs to be heard. This process effects all American citizens.
We also realize that there will be those in the public that will continue to lash out in pain and anger. We believe this was a tragic accident and we pray for understanding, comfort and healing for all of those in pain as we share the facts of what really happened the night of September 29th, 2020.
In this case, no one woke up the morning of this accident and wanted this heartbreaking tragedy to take place and for two boys to be taken from their family. The story being told in the public is far from the truth.
Yes, there are bad people and evil that exist in this world and there are people that wake up in the morning and decide to go out and intentionally hurt or kill someone.
This is not one of those cases.
Some have made comments about money and wealth influencing the legal process in this case. Clearly, this is not the case. This is not an individual or a family that has ever had to deal criminal charges of any kind. Perhaps, the ability to defend oneself and shine a light on the prosecutorial abuse of power by claiming false allegations with no investigation (a common practice among prosecutors) will support a positive change in our judicial process. We recognize and agree that ALL cases involving criminal charges against American citizens should be treated equally and fairly. Sadly, this is not the case and largely why so many have been advocating for years for a more just system in the area of criminal reform. We hope to help bring more awareness to this serious issue alongside oganizations fighting for all citizens to be treated FAIRLY and transform the current legal system.
A startling and painful fact effecting hundreds of thousands of families in the USA:
America has more citizens incarcerated than in any other country in the world.
The truth matters and should be permitted in the judiciary process.
NOTE: The Grossman's have not sought out or paid for ANY media coverage in any way to date. However, to add insult to injury individuals in the local area that have made these types of accusations are, in fact, the individuals that paid for write-ups in a local paper including fake headlines. Their paid content was not based on factual information but rather fueled by an eagerness to divise a lynch mob and create anger within the community and on the NextDoor App. They went so far as to accuse Grossman of treason. Additionally, these misguided crusaders have used social media to threaten publications who have simply and fairly tried to share facts of the case that has been withheld from the public. Furthermore, many of these individuals have never met either of the family members. They have launched their campaign from social media and local tabloid style news.
Focusing on VENGEANCE and HATE does not EQUAL JUSTICE.
Acts of human decency are the building blocks of caring communities.
Again, the purpose of this site is not to create a victim or to deny responsibility. This devastating and unavoidable accident happened in a split second due to unforeseen circumstances. Rebecca wishes everyday that God had taken her instead of two young, bright and beautiful children. We all continue to support and pray for the Iskander family and for all impacted by this very sad event.
For Example, THERE IS NO TRUTH TO THIS COMMENT POSTED ON THE NEXTDOOR APP
Please try not to fall into the trap of spreading false information.
Posting vitriolic comments and spreading false rumors only creates more pain for the parents of Mark and Jacob. This is a Christian family who have a strong faith in God and kind hearts. We encourage the public to respect the family and avoid posting comments based on rumors.
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coping with tragedy
Rebecca Grossman has always been a kind person with immense love for people and animals. Since the accident, she remains broken and devastated. She has thought of nothing else but being a human being and reaching out to the parents of Mark and Jacob over the past two years, however, she has been told time and time again not to and even threatened by the civil attorneys involved. She continues to write letters to the family in hopes that one day she can send them. Although there has been tremendous outrage from the community including vitriolic comments posted on social media and even death threats made against her, Rebecca maintains a strong faith in God and in humanity.
We are including excerpts from letters (below) that were written on behalf of Rebecca Grossman by individuals close to her. These testimonies speak about a remorseful and devastated human being:
"There but by the grace of God, go I"
Let us take the time to learn all of the facts before forming a bias opinion. How does one who has a lead a life of service for decades and has been honored by the State of California and the communities she has served with great passion and perseverance suddenly become a person with no regard for human life overnight?
We encourage role modeling sympathetic hearts for our children and future generations. Many suffer every day from life-changing "accidents" more often than we can imagine.
Read about others coping with the excrutiating pain of accidentally causing a death at: www.accidentalimpacts.org
How would we feel if this were us or a loved one having to withstand harsh judgement and unkind remarks from members of society that have not heard the facts?
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.
We understand that we can never make sense of something that seems so senseless. We have only love and compassion in our hearts for all involved. Faith brings healing, prosperity, peace, love, joy and sanctification of the mind and emotions.
Following the next hearing, the body cam footage will be released showing how careless the accident was handled on the street, the negligent actions, and incredibly inappropriate comments that were made by the Sheriffs during this serious investigation. In trial, the body-cam footage of the field sobriety test and the recorded 911 call will be presented.
The body cam footage of the interrogation of Rebecca Grossman on the night of the accident by Officers David Huelson and Travis Kelley is missing footage, has no time code and was cut into two segments.
Officer Rafael Mejia (one of the main officers named and recently found guilty in the Vanessa Bryant case for sharing photographs and then destroying evidence) took the stand in the Grossman preliminary case and perjured himself by stating that he was the first on the site as well as that he had left the accident site prior to the Field Sobriety Test (FST) being performed. However, it was a female first on the site (captured by helicopter video footage) and Mejia is later caught in the background of the body-cam footage of the field sobriety test while aggressively telling Grossman's (then) 16 year-old daughter, who rushed to the site, to "Go home, your Mom's had too much to drink," PRIOR to learning that the breath and alcohol tests were under the legal limit. A false narrative was immediatley formulated.
After the police informed Grossman that children in the street may have been involved in the accident she became clearly shaken and emotional, she verbally showed great concern for the children and numerous times pled with the officers to call her husband who was a doctor and who could help. The prosecution asked not to show this part of the body-cam footage in the preliminary hearing because it would go against his argument of her having no concern for human life. Why conceal evidence that is factual? Isn't the truth the most important aspect of this case? The public deserves to know. This body cam footage will be revealed in court.
In the preliminary hearing, the prosecution was allowed to present fourteen witnesses, the defendant Grossman was allowed to present only one, prohibiting the most critical of their witnesses to testify at all. Hence, the 995 court appeal was limited to ONLY what was included in the preliminary hearing. The Judge ruling on the appeal has no access to any other evidence or facts other than what was allowed in the preliminary hearing.
Everything the public and the media know about this case was presented at the Preliminary Hearing, which is a legal proceeding that is designed to favor the prosecution. At that hearing, the prosecution is not required to “prove” its case and there is no jury present, so they can—and do—make sensational allegations to try and sell their case to the judge. With predictably, the tabloid-style news picked up on these sensational narratives with unbridled enthusiasm.
Some of the key witness reports that throw the prosecution’s narrative into question are now conveniently “missing.” Additional evidence including original video footage is missing/erased.
Blatantly false statements were made by Sheriff's to the media about the accident. Some have been publicly walked back; others remain in the public narrative about this case. All of these false statements will be shown in trial.
Evidence was moved and staged at the accident site for the photographs taken by Sheriffs (among the same officers involved in the Vanessa-Kobe Bryant case) and then they were immediatly released to the media? The proof will be shown in court.
Yes, Grossman's vehicle was clearly one vehicle involved in this accident and we do not dispute this evidence. However, important details that occurred in the seconds prior to the impact will be released in trial that bring further understanding. The story that the prosecution is forcing to cover up an incredibly poor and unethical investigation is far from the truth.
Rebecca Grossman was prohibited from reaching out to the family by both the DA and the civil attorneys for over a year and a half after the accident. She had left a bouquet of roses and a letter at the site and visited the memorial several times. She continued writing letters to the parents and was finally allowed to send a letter earlier this year. She grieves heavily for their loss everyday.
To make matters worse, a local newspaper intent on creating rage and click bait to primarily increase followers by only reporting the prosecutions side, even though they have had access to all of the evidence on this site, continue to report false information. They were even sent the police report with witness statements from the night of the accident. Every writer on the story (including the first writer, who also moved to Tennesee shortly after charges were filed) and the two that have followed have all chosen to conceal critical facts of the case. There has been no accountability or journalistic integrity. Researching or googling the writers' backgrounds before taking what they write as the gospel truth will help to avoid having to read fake news stories and the community publications that thrive on creating chaos within the community they serve. Are these tactics really designed to help the family find closure and heal or is prolonging their suffering the goal to increase readers and social media following?
FACT: Appeals are bootstrapped because the defense is not supposed to argue the discovery revealing the "truth", only the "evidence at light that is being charged by the government." Furthermore, in Preliminary hearings, the defense may not argue that witnesses are lying. Credibility is not an issue at a preliminary hearing. Instead, the judge is instructed by law to accept the testimony of Commonwealth witnesses as true because the judge is simply evaluating whether there is enough evidence (factual or not) for the Commonwealth to proceed to trial. Furthermore, hearsay is allowed by the prosecution, however, disallowed by the defense.
The magistrate overseeing the preliminary hearing had a fractured spine, was in a backbrace and made incredibly inappropriate comments resulting in her sealing all conversations that took place in private chambers. Often it was even difficult to comprehend what was being said during the proceedings. The magistrate also violated court rules by going into a private room with the parents of the victims. The bias comments made, insults to the defense team and the coaching of both the Asst DA and witnesses was evident from the first day of the hearing.
FACT: Twenty minutes PRIOR to the accident, Grossman was was sitting with a member of the athletic faculty of a local high school where her children attended along with another friend. The three were sitting on the patio of a nearby restaurant. Six additional athletic faculty members from the same high school (who were there before Grossman's arrival and there after Grossman's departure 45 minutes later) were seated at another table close to them. The two individuals seated with Grossman left the restaurant at the same time as Grossman (all in three different vehicles) and were eventually driving to the same destination where a family member of Grossman's was waiting to help prepare dinner.
The story being told to the public and by the public on social media is not based on facts. There is no villain. There were many factors that all collectively played a role in a terrible accident and in a split second of time many lives were tragically changed forever. If anyone has information on the other vehicles shown in the video, please call the number listed above.
FACTS ABOUT CIVIL VS CRIMINAL CLAIMS: Personal Injury (Civil) attorneys are not bound by the same rules as in criminal cases. They are immune to what would otherwise be labeled as acts of defamation when a lawsuit is filed. Civil suits are based on presumption not facts. Civil claims are public documents so the media further takes these "presumptions", and conveys them as fact in published articles. Attorney's go as far as to make up absurd conversations that never took place based on presumptions (as they did in this case) and share with the media. Readers do not realize that it is a "fictional scenario" because it is taken from a legal document and subsequently reported. In turn, these media reports create more confusion and community backlash.
It is not our intention to create more confusion. The facts of the case are important to all that have taken an interest in this heartbreaking incident and that is all that will be featured on this site, the truth and facts of the case.