Woman Arrested After Holocaust Survivor Killed in L.A. Hit-and-run

Police have arrested a woman in relation to the Los Angeles hit-and-run that killed a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor, local station KTLA reported.

Gennady Bolotsky was walking his dog in Valley Village just after 5.30 a.m. on June 17 when he was struck by a truck.

Surveillance footage showed the elderly man fall to the ground as the vehicle came to a halt. The driver proceeded to ride over his body.

A passerby was shown walking past the incident, which took place on Magnolia Boulevard at Wilkinson Avenue.

Still alive when the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene, Bolotsky later succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital.

Police announced they had made an arrest on Tuesday. Per KTLA, Los Angeles Police Officer Jeff Lee said the woman was being held on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, assault with a deadly weapon and felony manslaughter.

Officials did not name the suspect or give further details about the case. The Los Angeles Police Department did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

Back in June, members of Bolotsky's family said he had been hit at the same intersection once before but survived. His granddaughter Adriana Bolotsky complained about the safety of the junction.

"Monday night after it happened, we went to the scene and not one car stopped. I could've been hit," she told local station KABC. "I saw cars zoom past me and I could have been hit, and I was standing, literally, over his blood."

Adriana Bolotsky also shared her anger at the driver of the vehicle that killed her grandfather. "We wish you had a human soul to stop or call and not leave him lying on the ground," she said.

"He was supposed to live to 100 or more. At 91, he had more energy than a person half his life," Gennady's son, Michael Bolotsky, added. "This parasite of the society shouldn't be in this society, shouldn't be on the streets. So please help us to put him where he belongs."

Gennady Bolotsky, born in 1928, fled Nazi-occupied Ukraine after surviving the Holocaust.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, only a minority of reported hit-and-run cases are ever solved—just eight percent in 2017, down from 12 percent the year before. Most cases involve only property damage.

The city started a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund in 2015. Members of the public who offer information that leads to the identification, apprehension and conviction of an offender may be able to claim rewards up to $50,000, according to police.

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