Arrest Made in Hit-and-Run Death of Holocaust Survivor


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A woman has been arrested in connection with the hit-and-run collision that killed a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor in Valley Village, police announced today.

Details about the suspect and when and where she was arrested were not immediately available, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the death of Gennady Bolotsky, who was walking his dog around 5:35 a.m. June 17 when a pickup truck struck him inside a marked crosswalk on Wilkinson Avenue at Magnolia Boulevard.

The driver failed to stop and help the victim or identify him/herself as required by law, according to the LAPD.

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

``(The driver) ran over him and stopped and then just made the decision to keep driving,'' granddaughter Erica Bolotsky told KCAL9.

Bolotsky came to the United States from the Ukraine as a refugee during the Holocaust, another granddaughter 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 crash showed a light-colored, full-size pickup truck with a camper shell and an attachment on the rear bumper.


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