HAWTHORNE, Calif. — The 15-month-old son of famed MMA fighter Marcus Kowal died Sunday following a hit-and-run crash by a suspected drunk driver in California.
Kowal announced the death of his son Liam Mikael Kowal on Facebook Sunday night.
“About an hour ago, our baby was declared brain dead. He tried to fight so hard. He even died at one point but they brought him back. He’s a little fighter,” Kowal wrote. “Our hearts are broken and there’s a void in my soul but we will get through this … RIP Liam Mikael Kowal.”
Liam was being pushed in a stroller by a 15-year-old girl when Donna Marie Higgins, 72, allegedly slammed her car into them in Hawthorne Saturday afternoon.
The young boy, who was not breathing when witnesses found him, died Sunday.
Higgins was arrested on hit-and-run and DUI charges, Hawthorne Police said.
Kowal wrote that they will donate Liam’s organs so that his “little heart can make another child live and another set of parents not have to go through what we have to.”
“It hurts to write this but Liam loved to share and the person we were going to raise him to be would love to help someone else,” wrote Kowal.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family pay for Liam’s funeral.
As of Monday night, more than $53,000 had been raised.