Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law in honor of 6-year-old Zach Tran, who died in 2003, to require new tip-resistant soccer goals and the anchoring down of older soccer goals. (Published Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011)
Updated at 3:40 PM CST on Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011
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.
The legislation passed earlier this year.
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."