MMA fighter Marcus Kowal took to social media on Tuesday to talk about the death of his 15-month-old son, Liam, who was taken off life support on Sunday, after being struck in his stroller by an alleged drunk driver.
"It's been about four hours since I left the hospital where I said goodbye to my 15-month baby for the last time," Kowal said on Instagram. "Three days ago, he got hit by a drunk driver. I am not a paid actor, this is not a commercial, this is reality. All I can say is, don’t drink and drive, don’t let a friend drink and drive. Please."
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Kowal also posted a heartfelt message on Facebook. "Good night bebisen [baby], you'll always be with us," the Swedish-born athlete wrote, along with a photo of him holding his son's hand. "Pappa älskar dig [Papa loves you]."
On Tuesday afternoon, Kowal told CBS Los Angeles he doesn't have any hatred in his heart despite the tragedy.
"I've always said, 'If someone takes from me, I take back,'" Kowal said. "And, I'm really surprised actually that I don't feel any rage. I haven't felt any rage. I don’t feel any hatred."
According to Hawthorne, California, police, a car crashed into Kowal's child and a 15-year-old girl, Liam's aunt, who is currently recovering from the her injuries, on Saturday afternoon.
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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. 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.
"It looks like he's sleeping when you look at him," said Kowal. "But you have to accept that he’s not there. I loved him so much."
Liam was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center following the crash and went into surgery for organ harvesting on Tuesday afternoon, according to CBS.
"We've been told that eight to nine children can potentially live because of Liam," Kowal concluded.