Liam Kowal, i matten av mamma Mishel Eder (vänster) och pappa Marcus Kowal (höger).

72-årig kvinna dömd till fängelse för dödskörningen av Marcus Kowals son

Den 72-åriga rattfylleristen som orsakade Liam Kowals död har nu blivit dömd till sex års fängelse.

Lördagen den tredje september förra året drabbades MMA-fightern, gymägaren och tidigare MMAnytt-reportern Marcus Kowal av en djup familjetragedi, när hans 15 månader gamla son Liam Kowal avled efter att ha blivit påkörd av en rattfyllerist.

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Idag kom domen mot Donna Marie Higgins, den 72-åriga kvinnan som körde bilen medan hon både var berusad och drogpåverkad – innan hon smet från brottsplatsen. Hon döms till sex års fängelse, skriver abc7.com.

Donna Marie Higgins döms nu till sex års fängelse för dödskörningen.

”Inte värdig att kallas människa”

Kowal och hans fru Mishel Eder fick återuppleva sorgen i rätten.

”Because of her, my wife cries herself to sleep almost every night,” sa Kowal under rättegången.

”There is so much anger I have for her, but soon after I think about everything she did, that anger is replaced by the emptiness I have for losing my baby nephew,” sa Eders syster, Allison Bell, som själv bröt båda benen i samband med dödskörningen.

Många har av förståeliga skäl hört av sig till Kowal efter rättegången och därav valde han nyligen att släppa ett uttalande via sina sociala medier.

A lot of people have asked how I feel about the sentencing yesterday. Nothing. Nothing, is what I feel. I feel nothing for that woman and it actually makes it easier. She made it easier. She's proven what we expected: that she is scum. That she is not worthy to be considered a human being. By not even attempting to reach out and by not showing any remorse, she made it easy to dehumanize her. To the point where if they had told me they where going to take her out the back and shoot her, I wouldn't have cared. To be honest, I don't think she'll survive jail and I don't think she'll see sunlight again and the day she dies, I will raise a glass. The difference is that I won't get behind the wheel when I do, because I'm not a selfish c*nt. Now that you're off my chest, I will continue to fight for my son, while you rot in jail. I will send you a copy of the book, once it's published. A link to what happened in court yesterday is in my bio. #rememberLiam #DontDrinkAndDrive #DonateLife

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Stort stöd världen över

Istället för att låta sig dränkas i sorgen har Kowal och Eder kämpat hårt för att vända Liams dödsfall till något positivt, så gott det går, genom att rikta uppmärksamhet kring problematiken med rattfylleri.

Familjen har fått stort stöd världen över – inte minst från diverse UFC-stjärnor som hakat på i Kowals ”100 sparkar för Liam”-utmaningar under hashtaggen #rememberliam på sociala medier.

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För drygt två veckor sedan föddes Kowals och Eders nya son, Nico Kowal.

I just wanted to say thank you for the thousands of messages that have been pouring in from around the world. We are completely overwhelmed and whether we know you or not, I just want to say thank you for taking a moment to write. It's still crazy to think that our 15 month baby has had such an impact. Yet, there's not a day that goes by where I don't wish that no one knew Liam, as long as I just got to hold him again. A lot of people have said that the loss of Liam was devastating to them but they don't want to complain to me or Mishel, because they feel it's not comparable. I've often said that just because we feel the worst of pains, doesn't mean that others can't, too. That's why I'm glad that so many people can share our happiness as well, just like they've shared our pain. I really wish that I could thank you all personally and that you could meet Nico and many of you will one day. Until then, you will probably see a lot of pictures of Nico on here and know that your support means the world. #rememberLiam #BabyNico

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