Family remembers father of four killed in Dade County crash
Family members of one of the three people who died in a car crash in Dade County last week are mourning his loss. But they say 38-year-old Zachary Evans was more than just another victim and name.
"It was a week and one day ago today. All I can remember was crying saying, 'God, please no. Let it be a mistake, just let it be a mistake. I didn't want him to be dead'," Evans' aunt, Susan Boren recalled.
March 12 was a day that changed Boren and her family's lives forever. It was the day a black Camaro crashed into Evans' Nissan Sentra head-on, killing him instantly.
"He was too good of a guy to go that way," Boren told Channel 3.
Evans was a son, nephew, husband, an active member of his church and most of all, a man who was loved by many.
"You'll never find a kid more loving and caring than this kid. Well, he's a man but to me, he's still that little kid. He's still my little nephew," Boren said.
Evans, who fought and served in the military, left behind a wife, three daughters and a son.
"They are 7, 10, 12 and 16. Now his babies are going to be raised without him like he was raised without his daddy," his aunt explained.
According to Boren, his father, Russell Wayne Evans, died when he was four years old. She says her nephew's smile was one that could light up a room.
"You see that smile? That smile says it all. That's who he was. He always had a smile even when his heart was breaking," she said, holding his photo.
Boren says more than anything, Evans was an important part of their tight-knit family who helped her get through her own son's death.
"We wish so bad that we could just open our eyes and it would be a nightmare, and that smiling face would be in front of us. He died too young," she continued.
Boren says Evans had just celebrated his 38th birthday on February 23, less than a month before the crash that ended his life. She says they've forgiven the driver of the Camaro, 23 year-old Destiny Cagle, and want peace for her family.
But Boren says she does believe speed was a factor in the crash and that her family is now trying to push for stricter speeding laws. They want the law to be known as "Zachary's Law."
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