Friends and family gather at a skateboard-themed fundraiser to remember Zack Alldredge

Zack Alldredge and his fiance recently gave birth to a baby girl. The couple also bought a house together.

Friends and family gathered in Coldwater to remember a Branch County man, who lost his life in a car accident because of a distracted driver.

A skateboard-themed fundraiser was held at the Coldwater Recreational Center to benefit the family of 23-year-old Zack Alldredge. Alldredge died from his injures on August 1, after he was ejected from his Jeep during an accident in Branch County.

Alldredge was known as an avid skateboarder so after he died, the owners of a local skateboard company decided to turn a skateboard competition into a charity event.

"We've had a bunch of people reach out to us, and we just wanted to do something we could to help, and we're going to continue to give back and anything we can get and give to him," said Josh Anzell. co-founder of Zeno Skate Co. "100% of it is going back to family."

Nearly 20 skateboarders took part in the event. Organizers sold wrist bands and raffled off prizes to benefit the family of the 23-year-old.

"He was one of the guys who helped get that skate park built there," said Rob Alldredge, Zack's father.

Alldredge died in ICU at Bronson Hospital, eight days after being ejected from his vehicle.

Michigan State Police said the crash was caused by a teenage driver who was distracted by her GPS device.

"I'm still a little angry," said Rob. "But, it's an accident. She was young, 16-years-old."

Gretchen Alldredge, Zack's stepmother, said Zack was an organ donor and someone received a new liver because of him.

Alldredge and his fiance recently gave birth to a baby girl. The couple also bought a house together.

"That's all my boy ever wanted, a family," said Rob. "And, that's the gift he gave me, a granddaughter."

Today's event raised around $300. The family has set up a GoFundMe page as well.

You can find the link online at

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