LA center in tragic times
Alongside Anne Heche’s tragedy lies another tragedy.
Heche lost her life in California. A car crash. Connected to her in some bizarre circumstance, others just also lost their lives in California. Also a car crash.
Troubled actress and former Ellen DeGeneres lover, Heche, 53, was speeding. Driving her Mini Cooper under the influence of cocaine. Severely burned, brain dead, comatose after the accident, she was raced to the Grossman Burn Center in north Los Angeles and placed on a breathing machine.
She is now gone.
The Grossman Burn Center, a large world-famous medical facility considered one of our foremost burn centers, was established in 1969. The name associated with it is its founder, Dr. Richard Grossman, whose son, the medical director at the facility, is Dr. Peter Grossman.
Dr. Grossman, 59, and his wife live in a $9.5 million house in nearby Hidden Hills. It’s on the same street as “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin who — along with her husband, Mossimo Giannulli — did prison time for buying their daughters into a prestigious university.
Doctor’s wife on trial for crash
Just as friends now say goodbye to Anne Heche, Dr. Peter Grossman’s blond wife Rebecca, 58, is — right now, even as I write, at this very moment — herself on trial.
Felony counts. The charges are two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death in connection with the accident.
Allegedly Sept. 29, 2020. 7:10 p.m. Mrs. Grossman’s Mercedes-Benz — herself at the wheel — was doing 81 mph. The police have stated that Mrs. Grossman was then driving to a house party.
At a crossing in Westlake Village there is a three-way intersection. That’s along Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Drive. The Iskander family — mother, father, children — was crossing the street. Mrs. Grossman’s car struck and killed two of their little boys. Brothers. One, 8, one 11.
Questions on delay of case
Mark, age 11, died at the scene. His brother Jacob, 8, died hours later at the hospital.
As Anne Heche was being rushed to the Grossman Burn Center, Mrs. Grossman’s case was on the docket in a Van Nuys, Calif., courtroom. If convicted, she faces 34 years to life in prison. She pleaded not guilty.
The children’s agonized parents have repeatedly claimed that court proceedings are excessively slow. They question why.
There already exists 50,000 signatures on local petitions demanding to know why the wife of the Grossman Burn Center’s Dr. Peter Grossman has been allowed to stay out on $2 million bail.
Suggested is that, being a socialite, her money, her position, her connections have made this possible.
Rebecca Grossman’s attorney Tony Buzbee has stated publicly and been quoted as saying that his client is being “overcharged.” That “this is the DA’s effort to force her to plea.” That her legal team “will not allow her to be bullied.” And that “the crosswalk was poorly lit and unguarded.”
Lawyer: “To hire me we start with a $10,000 retainer which entitles you to two questions.” Possible client: “Isn’t that high for just two questions?” Lawyer: “Yes, now what’s your second question?”
Only in New York, kids, only in New York.