Hit And Run Kills 68-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor, One Woman Charged In Connection [Video]
A 68-year-old California woman faces felony charges for striking a Holocaust survivor in a deadly hit and run. The surveillance footage is extremely hard to watch. Despite the heinousness of the crime, it's readily available to view on YouTube and across the web.
Out of respect, we chose to share the news report instead of the raw footage. However, the footage shows the woman hit the 91-year-old and proceeds to drive over him in order to get away.
Joyce Bernann McKinney faces one count each of assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run causing an injury and vehicular manslaughter, the officials said in a written statement.
Prosecutors also filed a sentencing enhancement with the allegation that McKinney caused great bodily injury to a victim more than 70 years old. They said if she’s convicted of all counts, she could face up to 11 years in state prison.
Los Angeles Police Department detectives said Tuesday that McKinney was the woman driving the white, 2006 GMC pick-up truck seen on security camera footage striking and killing 91-year-old Gennady Bolotsky.
Bolotsky was walking in a crosswalk with his dog north across Wilkinson Avenue at Magnolia Boulevard in the early morning of June 17 when the GMC hit him. According to the camera footage of the crash, the truck was driving eastbound on Magnolia when it struck Bolotsky at around 5:35 a.m. The driver paused, then fled, police said.
Gennady Bolotsky, originally from Ukraine, fled Nazi occupation during World War II and came to the U.S. “to be free,” Adriana Bolotsky told KTLA 5. She described her grandfather, a widower, as a “silly” and “vivacious” man who “made everyone laugh.” A home video of Gennady Bolotsky’s 91st birthday party last year shows him dancing energetically, while friends and family cheer him on.
“He was supposed to live to 100 or more,” the victim’s son, Michael Bolotsky told ABC-affiliate KABC last month. “At 91, he had more energy than a person half his life.”
LA Times reports that investigators located McKinney after receiving a tip that a vehicle matching the description of the one involved in the hit-and-run was parked near the Burbank Airport. After McKinney was found with the vehicle, detectives took her into custody on outstanding warrants she had for battery and public nuisance from an unrelated investigation.
Police described McKinney as a transient who appeared to be living out of the truck with three dogs at the time of her arrest. McKinney remains in custody on the previous warrants with a combined bail amount of $137,500.