Ex-MLB pitcher Scott Erickson charged in connection with tragic crash

General view of MLB baseballs during 2019 season
Feb 13, 2020; Dunedin, Florida, USA; General view of MLB baseballs during Toronto Blue Jays spring training workouts at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Former longtime major league pitcher Scott Erickson was charged with a misdemeanor this week, according to multiple media reports, in connection with a tragic hit-and-run crash last year that killed two young boys in Westlake Village, Calif.

The accident occurred Sept. 29 when 11-year-old and 8-year-old brothers were struck in a crosswalk while with their parents and other family members. Rebecca Grossman was charged with two felony counts of murder and vehicular manslaughter, among other charges, in the accident. Grossman, 57, could receive 34 years to life in prison if convicted.

Erickson’s charge of reckless driving allegedly is for racing with Grossman in the moments before the accident, the Los Angeles Times reported. The accident occurred in a tony neighborhood northwest of Los Angeles that is primarily residential.

Erickson’s arraignment is set for March 16.

As many as six family members were using the crosswalk at a three-way intersection when the two boys were hit and killed. Grossman allegedly drove away after the accident before the engine failed. She was arrested later that day and eventually released on bond.

The relationship is unknown between Erickson and Grossman, who is married to Peter Grossman, the son of A. Richard Grossman, who founded the Grossman Burn Center in nearby West Hills.

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Erickson, 51, had a 15-year major league career that started in 1990 with the Minnesota Twins. He also pitched for the Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees. He was 142-136 in his career with a 4.59 ERA over 389 games (364 starts).

–Field Level Media