Toddler Killed In Hit-And-Run Crash In Hawthorne; Driver Arrested

HAWTHORNE ( — Officials continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding a hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a toddler and seriously injured his teenage aunt.

According to the Hawthorne Police Department, officers were sent around 4:15 p.m. Saturday to the intersection of 133rd Street and Hawthorne Boulevard for report of a traffic collision involving a pedestrian.

Upon their arrival, authorities located a 15-month-old boy in his stroller and a 15-year-old girl lying in the street near the crosswalk.

Paramedics performed CPR on the boy who was found without a pulse and not breathing.

Both victims were transported to Harbor UCLA Medical Center.

The baby was placed in ICU where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Family members later identified the toddler as Liam Mikael Kowal.

Kowal’s father told CBS2’s Jasmine Viel he would like to start a non-profit organization to raise awareness about drunk driving.

The teenage girl remains listed in stable condition at this time.

A preliminary investigation revealed Donna Marie Higgins, 72, drove through the crosswalk and struck both victims.

Higgins attempted to flee from the scene without rendering aide, but witnesses cornered her.

Authorities arrested Higgins on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Her bail has been set at $100,000, officials said.

CBS2’s Jasmine Viel reported a small memorial of candles has been placed at the intersection where the crash took place.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help raise donations for medical expenses. To donate, click here.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


One Comment

  1. Paul D. says:

    Tragic loss of life, and DUI is bad. However, I live here and avoid that section of road. It was redone in the last few years, there are so many crosswalks, traffic lights, lights embedded in the road, signs everywhere, there is just too much information and overloads the driver, making it difficult to know where to stop and where you can go. Bad for drivers, and dangerous for pedestrians.

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