Woman Charged With Crash That Left Holocaust Survivor Dead


VAN NUYS (CNS) - A woman accused of fatally striking a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor with a pickup truck in Valley Village and fleeing the scene is set to be arraigned Friday on three felony counts.

Joyce Bernann McKinney, 68, is charged with one felony count each of hit-and-run driving resulting in death, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and assault with a deadly weapon -- an automobile, along with an allegation that she inflicted great bodily injury on a victim 70 or older, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

The charges -- which carry a potential 11-year prison sentence -- stem from the death of Gennady Bolotsky, who was walking his dog around 5:35 a.m. June 17 when a pickup truck hit him inside a marked crosswalk on Wilkinson Avenue at Magnolia Boulevard. The motorist fled the scene.

Bolotsky, who had celebrated his birthday two weeks earlier, was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Bolotsky came to the United States from the Ukraine as a refugee during the Holocaust, one of his granddaughters said.

``Escaped Nazi occupation, everything was (against him) and this is how he went,'' Adrianna Bolotsky told KCAL9. ``None of us can put these pieces together.''

Still footage from security video of the scene showed a light-colored, full-size pickup truck with a camper shell and an attachment on the rear bumper.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in connection with the man's death.


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