The parents of a Vernon Hills boy who died in a soccer accident are hoping a new law will protect other children.
Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday signed Zach's Law at Waukegan Sports Park, 3391 W. Beach Road.
In October 2003, a 184-pound metal soccer goal tipped over and crushed 6-year-old Zach Tran at soccer practice. His parents fought for years for legislation to require new tip-resistant soccer goals and the anchoring down of older soccer goals.
Illinois House Passes "Zack's Law"
Zack Tran was killed eight years ago when a heavy, unstable soccer goal tipped over on him. (Published Saturday, April 16, 2011)
The changes made through Zach's Law will apply to all park districts and soccer clubs. The couple helped passed similar laws in Wisconsin and Arkansas.
The Trans attended the signing ceremony.
"It's a very emotional day for us," said Michelle Tran. "Our son died and he shouldn't have. This has devastated our family. ... This law is important and wonderful in a way that our son can help others."
Goal Alert Hopes to Make Soccer Safer
Each year, families are devastated by tragedies on the soccer field when goal posts topple over and injure or kill children. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009)