Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) is rallying behind Radiul Chowdhury, the 4-year-old hit-and-run victim who remains in critical condition after being struck by a motorcycle in Toronto on Sunday. MLSE is donating money to the boy's family by auctioning off a pair of Game 1 tickets to the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena this Thursday. Proceeds from the auction will provide financial support to Chowdhury’s parents, who are dealing with the aftermath of their son’s tragic accident.
Chowdhury was reportedly walking with his family near Victoria Park Avenue and Adair Road last Sunday when he ran onto the road and was hit by a passing motorcycle. According to Toronto Police, the motorcyclist and his female passenger stopped briefly after hitting the boy. The female passenger then hopped off the bike and fled on foot as the driver of the vehicle sped away.
The Toronto Raptors confirmed via Twitter on Tuesday that the boy’s father, Ruhul Chowdhury, is an employee of MSLE. Chowdhury offered up a heartfelt plea for the motorcyclist to turn himself in on Monday. “I’m Muslim, and I'm trained to forgive people," Chowdhury explained during an interview with CP24. "Just hand over yourself to the police, tell them the truth of what happened."
The motorist, 31-year-old, Darren Robert Dawson, has since been arrested. Dawson appeared in court on Tuesday and was released on a $25,000 bail. Investigators are still searching for the female suspect, who Chowdhury has also appealed to, urging the woman to turn herself in.
At the moment, Radiul remains in critical condition. “His brain is damaged,” Ruhul said of his son’s condition. “He has a broken elbow, broken shoulder, broken legs, but doctors are not worried about those things right now. They are worried about his brain. His brain is really damaged.”
According to CTV, the Raptors tickets are being sold off for an estimated market value of $4,500 for the pair. The seats are in the arena’s 120 section. The bidding for the tickets started on Tuesday with the initial bid placed at $3,000.
The sale will end on Thursday at noon, hours before the start of Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Toronto at 9:00 PM.