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A Holocaust survivor was killed in a hit-and-run. LAPD is offering $50,000 to find the driver

Los Angeles police are hoping a video and a sizable reward will help identify the driver who fatally struck a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor in a marked crosswalk in Valley Village.

The Los Angeles Police Department released video Thursday of the hit-and-run at Magnolia Boulevard and Wilkinson Avenue that killed Gennady Bolotsky. The department also announced a reward of up to $50,000 in the fatal collision.

The video shows Bolotsky enter the crosswalk at 5:35 a.m. Monday as a white car drives past him on the other side of the road, narrowly missing him. Bolotsky is then illuminated in the headlights of a large white pickup truck before it knocks him to the ground. The truck pauses briefly before continuing on, seeming to bump over something in the roadway.

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Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and took Bolotsky to a local hospital, where he died, police said.

Bolotsky’s granddaughter told KTLA-TV Channel 5 that he was a Holocaust survivor who had celebrated his birthday earlier this month. His family members also told KABC-TV Channel 7 that Bolotsky was walking his dog, Leelah, when he was struck.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division detectives at (818) 644-8029. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.


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