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Pals' driving force in memory of Zach.

Byline: DAVID HOLMES BY DAVID HOLMES david.holmes01@reachplc.com @Sherlock1968

PARENTS and friends of a young man tragically killed in a road accident are taking part in a 'drive out' to North Wales in memory of their loved one.

Zach Anderton, 20, from Chester, was at the wheel when the collision happened in Guy Lane, Waverton, about 4pm on April 17 - no other vehicles were involved.

He was taken to Aintree Hospital in Liverpool by air ambulance but sadly later died.

The 18-year-old passenger, Adam Barnes, from Chester, was also taken to Aintree Trauma Centre to be treated for a fractured skull and brain bleed but is now recovering at home.

Zach's parents Krista and Martin are delighted Zach's friends organised what they hope will become Zach's Annual Drive out in memory of their only child, who was a professional racing car driver. And they are so thankful Adam is 'physically on the mend' and are good friends with his family.

Cars gathered in the Chester FC car park on Friday - opposite Swansway Chester Alfa Romeo where Zach used to work - before travelling in convoy to Bala and Betws-y-Coed - places he loved - and Anglesey where he received the sign-off for his race licence.

Dad Martin said: "Zach passed away on the 17th of April in a car accident. A lot of his friends from the racing community and the car community have joined up to do what's the first of what will be an annual drive for Zach, each year on the same day.

"It's a memorial for Zach. Zach loved racing, loved cars. He was a professional driver, that's what he did, that's what his passion was and we just want to make sure we continue that passion forever. That's what this is all about today."

On Thursday it was Zach's funeral at All Saints Church in Hoole followed by a service at the crematorium.

Martin continued: "We went to Oulton Park for his wake and there were hundreds of people and everyone had the same thing to say, he was always happy, always smiling, always helping and was never upset with anybody. Nobody ever had an argument with Zach."

Mum Krista, who closed her Mexican takeaway business in Canal Street after losing her son, added: "He never had a bad word to say about anyone. He is extraordinary and we are so proud of him, so proud of him and he's brought us all together. He's brought so many people from different communities together. "Just a beautiful soul. As a family we never had a bad word between us. We never did. He is an amazing, amazing soul. He touched so many lives in 20 years."

An online fund has been started to create a support network for families who lose a child because existing charities are only available during business hours and not during the holidays. This was after Krista and Martin discovered they couldn't access any professional support for the first two nights as Zach was killed just before Easter. Fortunately, they were able to turn to their extended family but recognise not everyone is so lucky.

Martin explained: "We've started a fund for Zach to be able to support families who lose their children. Krista and I will continue to do that while we're here on earth and that would be in memory of Zach because everything Zach did was to help other people.

"He loved his cars and he loved racing but he wasn't in a car and racing all the time. He did other things and everything he was doing outside of that was to help other people and he didn't even know he was doing that. He just did it."

"Our life revolves around Zach and it will continue. We will, just as we did before, work for Zach but now we will work for Zach in a different way. We will be there for other folks who unfortunately have had this happen."

"It's what Zach would want," said Krista, who added: "The support we've had from all of Zach's friends is unbelievable and it's one of the things that is getting us through this."

Mum and dad said Zach's death had brought together their son's three groups of pals from the national and international racing world, the local car scene and his personal friends going back to school days.

Friend Dan Dagnall, from Chester, who organised Zach's Annual Drive out, said: "I was quite a close friend for a couple of years. I did this because he brought us all together through cars. A lot of people here are people I would not otherwise meet or have met again."

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Date:May 16, 2019
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