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MMA star’s tot killed by drink driver

The family of baby Liam pictured in happier times. Picture: Gofundme

THE 15-month-old son of MMA star Marcus Kowal has been killed while being pushed in his pram in a horrific accident.

A suspected drink driver slammed into the tot and a teen girl who was pushing him in his pram reported The Mirror.

In the spirit of the #2016 #Olympics in #RioDeJaneiro, teaching #CrossFit and #KravMaga today, repping my country in the official #Olympic team designed #fitness clothes! #Sweden #HejaSverige

A photo posted by Marcus Kowal (@mackowal) on Aug 6, 2016 at 5:16pm PDT

They make me smile.

A video posted by Marcus Kowal (@mackowal) on Sep 3, 2016 at 2:19pm PDT

The accident occurred in California and when emergency services got to the scene the 15-year-old teenager and baby Liam were found without a pulse and not breathing.

Both were rushed to hospital and while everything was done to save them baby Liam died while in intensive care.

The scene of the accident. Picture: Hawthorn Police Department

The scene of the accident. Picture: Hawthorn Police DepartmentSource:Supplied

Police later revealed the boy was being pushed by the teenager over a crossing when an SUV, being driven by a 72-year-old woman, went straight through the crossing and smashed into the pair.

The driver, Donna Marie Higgins, allegedly fled the scene but was chased by onlookers who cornered her nearby with their cars until police were able to arrive and arrest her.

She was arrested for felony hit and run as well as felony drunk driving reported The Mirror.

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

A photo posted by Marcus Kowal (@mackowal) on Sep 5, 2016 at 7:36am PDT

A GoFundMe page has been set up in Liam’s memory, with all money going towards paying for the medical expenses for both Liam and the girl, and the funeral cost.

Fighter Marcus Kowal took to Facebook to thank everything for their support during the difficult time.

Kowal also posted on Facebook to inform everyone that they have decided to donate Liam’s kidneys and to ask if there is anyone in need.

As news of the tragedy spread, friends and other fighters began paying tribute to the youngster and his heartbroken family.

MMA fighter Dmitry Gerasimov posted a short film of the tot to his Instagram page.

I’d never been so close to a life that started from scratch. I witnessed his eyes go from darting around the room aimlessly to recognizing faces, his hands swinging around wildly to blowing kisses at people, from crawling like a bear to walking like a penguin, from playing “did-he-poo?” to “peek-a-boo.” It was a miracle to watch and it changed me in a fundamental way. I had a special connection with Liam. The impact he made on me will last as long as I do; the joy he brought will live in all who shared it. Love you Liam, RIP. @mackowal @misheleder

A video posted by d1_mma (@d1_mma) on Sep 4, 2016 at 5:54pm PDT

Fellow fighter Christos Giagos posted images of Liam and his parents to his Instagram page with the message: “I’m seriously at a loss for words, life can be so unfair.

I’m seriously at a loss for words , life can be so unfair. My heart goes out this family. These are the best parents I know. Liam I know you will continue to bring smiles to people’s faces♥️ #rip

A photo posted by Christos Giagos (@cgiagos) on Sep 4, 2016 at 3:57pm PDT

If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe page helping the family cover medical and funeral costs, click here.