Singer Lou Christie said his son, Christopher, was part of a group of friends who raced Ferraris and did so safely for many years.
When Christopher Sacco, 46, died May 18 in Houston, Texas, he was thrown from a newly restored 1971 Triumph motorcycle when it collided with a car. The accident is under investigation.
Mr. Sacco was the only son of Mr. Christie, who was born Lugee Sacco, graduated from Moon Area High School and went on to a successful music career in the early '60s with such hits as "The Gypsy Cried" and "Lightnin' Strikes."
Mr. Christie left Pittsburgh for New York after becoming a pop star and was living in England in the late '60s when Christopher and daughter Bianca were born to his British-Italian wife, Francesca.
Upon leaving England, they moved back to Pittsburgh for a few years around 1973 before Francesca settled in Texas with her children and parents, while Mr. Christie, based in New York, was still busy touring.
Mr. Sacco was an architect with a passion for all things British, according to his father.
"He had just finished re-building a '70s Triumph motorcycle from England, and he was going to soccer practice, another big thing from England. It was devastating for all of us."
Mr. Sacco, a single father, has a 17-year-old son, Seth Sacco, who is planning for college. A fund has been set up for him at www.youcaring.com by his racing friends.
"There were four guys who hung together for 20-some years," Mr. Christie said. "They made a pact that if anything ever happened to any of them, the other three would take care of any education or anything the other needed. They put together a fund for Seth."
Mr. Christie, still actively touring, said he has to go on with the show this weekend in New Jersey. "I have to pull myself together to do it. It's a hard emotional thing to get out there and do it and forget about what happened."
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