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MMA Fighter, Wife To Donate Baby’s Organs After Deadly Hit And Run


THE LEADER OF ANOTHER COUNTRY. HELLO. TRAGEDY FOR A HAWTHORNE FAMILY. A SUSPECTED DUI DRIVER HIT AND KILLED THE 15-MONTH-OLD SON OF A MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGHTER. WE’RE LIVE FROM WHERE THIS TRAGIC ACCIDENT HAPPENED. REPORTER: THIS IS THE INTERSECTION WHERE LIAM WAS HIT AND KILLED. YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE ARE BRINGING CAMES, FLOWERS, BALLOONS, AND OVER HERE THIS IS THE CROSSWALK WHERE HE WAS STRUCK AND KILLED THERE ARE FLASHING YELLOW LIGHTS BUT NOT A STOPLIGHT. IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR MOURNING, TODAY HIS FAMILY MADE A SELFLESS GIFT. AT JUST 15 MONTHS OLD, LIAM KOWEL WILL SAVE LIVES. THEY DONATED HIS ORGANS, INCLUDING HIS HEART. THOMAS IS MARCUS’ YOUNGER BROTHER. THEY MADE A BEAUTIFUL DECISION AND BASED UPON THE FACT IF THEY CAN HAVE A SET OF PARENTS THAT DOESN’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT THEY’RE GOING THROUGH. THE TODDLER WAS LEFT BRAIN DEAD OVER THE WEEKEND AFTER POLICE SAY 72-YEAR-OLD DONNA HIGGINS DROVE THROUGH THE CROSSWALK ON HAWTHORNE BOULEVARD. STRIKING HIM AS HE WAS BEING WALKED IN HIS STROLLER BY HIS AUNT WHO WAS ALSO INJURED. POLICE ARRESTED HIGGINS ON SUSPICION OF DRIVING DRUNK AND ATTEMPTING TO LEAVE THE SCENE. PARAMEDICS WERE ABLE TO REVIVE LIAM BUT THE BRAIN DAMAGE WAS TOO SEVERE. IT IS REALLY HARD TO SEE THIS, YOU THINK, JUST PLEASE WAKE UP. LIAM’S MOM POST IT THE LAST PHOTO SHE TOOK WITH HER SON ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH THE CAPTION, MY BABY. AND ON KOWEL’S FAN PAGE HE TOLD THEM HIS SON ICE FIGHTER, TOO, AND ONE OF HIS FELLOW FIGHTERS SAYS THE TODDLER, WHO GREW UP AROUND HERE AS HIS DAD TRAINED, WILL LEAVE A BIG LEGACY. AS COULD CHILD, WE LOOKED TO PROTECT HIM AND NOW HE IS PROTECTING US. HIS SPIRIT IS GOING TO LIVE ON. REPORTER: THE SUSPECT IS OUT ON $100,000 BAIL. I SPOKE WITH THE DETECTIVE TODAY AND HE SAYS NOW THAT LIAM HAS PASSED AWAY THERE’S A STRONG POSSIBILITY HER CHARGES WILL BE UPPED TO FELONY VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER, AND THAT IS

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