A Saturday afternoon stroll for the family of MMA fighter Marcus Kowal turned into a nightmare when a drunk driver sped through a crosswalk. Kowal's 15-year old sister-in-law was pushing his young son across Hawthorne Boulevard. The sister-in-law sustained serious injuries, but is listed in stable condition. The 15-month old toddler, however, was found unresponsive and declared brain dead at the hospital.
Kowal provided information in a Facebook post on Sunday evening. "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 beating but his brain is no longer working."
After the accident, police charged Donna Marie Higgins, 72, with hit-and-run and DUI.
Whether due to distracted driving, drunk driving or reckless driving, a car collision can result in devastating consequences. The loss of a loved one due to the negligence of a driver can be both emotionally and financially devastating. New Yorkers rely on vehicles to get them to school, to work and place to place for household errands - even those who take public transport can be injured in a vehicle collision.
Depending on the severity of the collision and factors such as the types and speed of the vehicles, injuries can run the range from head trauma to broken bones to paralysis. In the worst cases, a vehicle collision might result in death.
Losing a toddler while being pushed along a painted crosswalk is one of the worst scenarios possible. If you were injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, it is wise to speak with a skilled attorney who can answer your questions and provide the legal guidance you need.