Holocaust Survivor Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident in Los Angeles
A 91-year-old Holocaust survivor was killed in a hit-and-run accident in the Valley Village section of Los Angeles, KNBC reported Friday.
A video capturing the incident shows a white pickup truck strike Gennady Bolotsky and drive off as he walked his dog early Monday morning. The dog, named Leela, was not hurt.
Bolotsky was walking within the crosswalk when he was hit. He had been injured at the same intersection 15 years ago.
Bolotsky, a widower, escaped the Nazis, and immigrated to the United States from Ukraine.
A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the driver.
“We’re angry, we’re devastated,” Adriana Bolotsky, the victim’s granddaughter, said. “We wish you had a human soul to stop and call, and not leave him lying on the ground.”
“Escaped Nazi occupation, everything was (against him) and this is how he went,” the granddaughter told KCAL9. “None of us can put these pieces together.”
The Los Angeles Daily News reported that a sidewalk memorial has been established at the intersection in Bolotsky’s memory.
Anyone with information about the accident is urged to call Valley Traffic Division Detectives, Officer Fredo at (818) 644-8029 or Officer Reyes at (818) 644-8032.