The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors offered a $10,000 reward Tuesday for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a hit-and-run driver who killed a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor in Valley Village.
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl recommended the reward 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 Los Angeles Police Department.
Bolotsky, who had just 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 Channel 9. “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.
Anyone with information about the deadly crash was urged to call Valley Traffic Division Officer Fredo at 818-644-8029 or Officer Reyes at 818-644-8032.
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