LOS ANGELES – A 72-year-old woman was arrested after allegedly killing a young boy in a drunk driving accident.
According to KTLA, 15-month-old Liam Mikael Kowal was in a stroller being pushed by a 15-year-old girl when they were hit in a crosswalk on Saturday afternoon.
The Hawthorne Police Department says that they found the girl and the baby lying in the street.
Officers say Liam was still in his stroller but was not breathing and didn’t have a pulse.
Investigators learned that 72-year-old Donna Marie Higgins drove through the crosswalk, hitting both of the kids and fled the scene of the accident. Witnesses followed Higgins for about a block until they could block her in until police arrived.
CPR was performed on Liam, who was rushed to an area hospital.
Tragically, he died several hours later.
“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. His heart is still beating but his brain is no longer working. Our hearts are broken and there’s a void in my soul but we will get through this,” Marcus Kowal, Liam’s father, posted on Facebook.
Authorities say Higgins was intoxicated and was arrested on felony drunk driving and hit and run.