Victim of fatal LA hit-and-run was Holocaust survivor, family says
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Victim of fatal LA hit-and-run was Holocaust survivor, family says

91-year-old Gennady Bolotsky came to US as refugee during World War II; authorities searching for driver

A driver flees the scene after running over 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Gennady Bolotsky in Los Angeles. (YouTube screenshot)
A driver flees the scene after running over 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Gennady Bolotsky in Los Angeles. (YouTube screenshot)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police said they are looking for a driver in a hit-and-run that killed a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday the collision occurred early Monday in a San Fernando Valley neighborhood.

Graphic security video shows a light-colored pickup with a camper shell striking a pedestrian at a crosswalk.

Officials identified the victim as 91-year old Gennady Bolotsky and said he died at a hospital.

The family told KABC that he came to the US as a refugee during World War II to escape Nazi occupation in Europe.

“He was supposed to live to 100 or more. At 91, he had more energy than a person half his life,” said his son, Michael Bolotsky.

Neighbors told the station that Gennady Bolotsky was hit by a car in the same spot 15 years ago and survived.

The city of Los Angeles is offering a reward up to $50,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

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