MMA fighter Marcus Kowal's 15-month-old son, Liam, was taken off life support on Sunday, after being struck in his stroller by an alleged drunk driver.
"About an hour ago, our baby was declared brain dead," Kowal posted to Facebook on Friday night. "He tried to fight so hard. He even died at one point but they brought him back. He's a little fighter."
"His heart is still beating but his brain is no longer working," he continued. "Our hearts are broken and there's a void in my soul but we will get through this."
Police allege the driver of the vehicle, Donna Marie Higgins, 72, attempted to flee the scene, but was prevented from leaving by witnesses to the crime.
The two victims were found in the street near the crosswalk and taken to UCLA Medical Hospital. According to a press release, Liam was "found pulseless and not breathing" and was promptly taken to the ICU, while his aunt was reportedly in "stable condition" after suffering from leg injuries.
Police determined that Higgins was allegedly driving under the influence after performing a field sobriety test. She was arrested under the charges of felony hit-and-run and felony drunk driving, but was released after posting bail, which was set at $100,000.
An update from the Hawthorne Police Department states that the Traffic Bureau will be pursuing additional charges against Higgins following Liam's death.
Kowal, whose Instagram account was filled with photos and videos of his young son, took to the social media site to share his gratitude for fans' support.
"The support we have received from the Martial Arts world is unreal," he posted on Monday, along with a sweet pic of Liam. "Tears are running down my cheeks as I look at this picture of my little boy."
The support we have received from the Martial Arts world is unreal. From #BJJ to #KravMaga to MMA. Tears are running down my cheeks as I look at this picture of my little boy and read the message from @bashboxing and @cxf_mma #Repost @bashboxing with @repostapp ・・・ Our event #Sept10th will be dedicated entirely to the memory of Liam Kowal. If you have been to one of our fights chances are you know Marcus Kowal. To know the man, is to love the man. As the owner of @systemstrainingcenter and @systemstcencino Marcus is a huge part of our family. Fewer men posses a better attitude or general love of life than Mac. Today we received the worst news imaginable. His 15 month old son, Liam, was tragically killed when he was hit by a drunk driver yesterday afternoon. While in his stroller, Liam and his Aunt were in the crosswalk when an SUV barreled through them before fleeing the scene. Liam bravely, and valiantly fought for his life, but ended up succumbing to his injuries. At this time, all we can do is support Marcus, his wife Mishel and Liam's Aunt who was also injured in the accident. In order to do so, we will be donating a portion of every ticket sold to a fund in Liam's memory, that will be set aside for the family....We will also be holding a silent auction of some very high quality signed boxing and #MMA merchandise with the proceeds also being collected for the family. Please continue to pray for Marcus, Mishel and their family.....CXF4 Crossroads is now CXF "For Liam" #prayersforliamkowal #CXFForLiam #weareone @mrlightsout21 @bashboxing @lightsout_promotion @theclinchreport @custom_t_shirt_printing