Former Major League Baseball pitcher Scott Erickson is facing charges in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash that claimed the lives of two young brothers in California as authorities allege he was street racing just moments before the fatal encounter.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has charged Erickson with one misdemeanor count of reckless driving in connection to the September crash, according to local station KABC.
Prosecutors have alleged that Erickson was racing socialite Rebecca Grossman. 57, down the street on Sept. 29 before Grossman struck and killed 11-year-old Mark Iskander and 8-year-old Jacob Iskander.
The boys had been crossing the street on a marked crosswalk with their family, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors said that after striking the boys, Grossman continued to drive for about a quarter of a mile before her “car engine cut off.”
She is now facing two counts of murder, two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office has said that the two boys had been walking across a marked crosswalk with four other family members when their mother heard a car speeding toward them, according to The Orange County Register.
The parents tried to protect their children from the speeding vehicle and were able to steer two of their children to safety, but they weren’t able to reach their two sons in time.
Investigators believe Grossman was driving more than 45 mph when she struck the children, The Thousand Oaks Acorn reports.
Grossman, a former magazine publisher and well known local philanthropist, was arrested later that night. She was released on a $2 million bond in October, but has been barred from driving as part of the conditions of her release.
Grossman is reportedly the wife of Dr. Peter Grossman, who is the director of the Grossman Burn Center in West Hills.
Erickson is said to be a close personal friend of Rebecca Grossman. The two are considered regulars on the local bar scene, according to the paper.
During Erickson’s 15-year MLB career, he pitched for six different teams, including the Minnesota Twins' 1991 World Series championship team. He was once married to investigative journalist and sports reporter Lisa Guerrero but the couple recently divorced, the paper reports.
Erickson is expected to be arraigned on the charge against him on March 16.
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