‘Christopher’s Law’ honors 10-year-old killed in pontoon boat accident

The family of a boy killed in a boating accident last year hope a law created in their son’s name will help prevent future tragedies.

Christopher D'Amico died in a boating accident in June. The state Legislature just passed a law in his honor that will hopefully prevent future tragedies.

Christopher D'Amico died in a boating accident in June. The state Legislature just passed a law in his honor that will hopefully prevent future tragedies. (1/14/16)

MOUNT ARLINGTON - The family of a boy killed in a boating accident last year hope a law created in their son’s name will help prevent future tragedies.

Christopher’s Law just passed the state Legislature and is expected to be signed by Gov. Chris Christie. The law requires training and warnings for anyone who rents a pontoon boat.

Christopher D’Amico’s family says he was a confident, funny and athletic 10-year-old who always tried to help people out.

“People wish they met him because of the type of kid they are hearing he was,” says his mother, Laura D’Amico. “He was one of a kind.”

Christopher died June 24 while visiting Lake Hopatcong with his family. He fell off a rented pontoon boat operated by his father. Christopher suffered a head injury when the boat hit him.

The family is now working to honor the boy’s memory.

The family first decided to turn their grief into something positive by donating Christopher’s organs to save the lives of others. They wished to continue this good deed by creating a “Kindness for Christopher” campaign on Facebook.

“On the 24th of every month, instead of making it the day my son passed away, do a random act of kindness in his name,” explains Christopher’s father, Chris D’Amico Sr.

The D’Amicos say that other people quickly rose to the occasion and they are amazed by the response.

"We had people from Switzerland to Italy to someone in Hawaii writing his name in sand,” says Chris D’Amico Sr.

The D’Amicos say that they hope to be there when Gov. Christie signs “Christopher’s Law” into law.

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