Holocaust Survivor Dies In Hit And Run Accident

A woman has been arrested after hitting a man in his 90’s and then fleeing the scene of the crash last month.

Fox station KTLA reports that on June 17th at approximately 5:45 .m., Valley Village resident Gennady Bolotsky, 91, was struck and killed by a pickup truck as he was crossing the intersection of Magnolia Boulevard and Wilkinson Avenue.

Video surveillance video at the scene shows the driver of pickup truck pause after hitting Bolotsky, then drive over the victim’s body as they fled the scene.

Paramedics arrived at the scene and rushed Bolotsky to an area hospital. He later died as the result of injuries sustained in the crash.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department, Officer Jeff Lee, said in a statement to the press that a pickup truck matching the surveillance video of the crash was located by Los Angeles Police officers on Thursday, June 27th.

No further information about the woman who was arrested has been released by police at this time.

Family members say that Bolotsky had the routine of walking his dog at the same time every day. His granddaughter, Adriana Bolotsky, described her grandfather as being “silly and vivacious.”

Bolotsky was a survivor of the Holocaust. As a boy, he managed to escape the Nazi occupation by going through Communist Russia. The family said that he later came to the U.S. in search of freedom and became a citizen.

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