The Paso Robles man who died Tuesday on his way to work after his motorcycle collided head-on with a car was a dedicated family man.
Darin Moore, 48, worked with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for nearly 24 years.
Moore, who most recently served as a correctional officer at the California Men’s Colony just outside San Luis Obispo, “was just an all-around true human being,” said Jenifer Chaidez, whose parents live next door to the Moores.
“I may have not known him like some of his close friends did, but what I did know of him was he was a true family man that took care of his wife and three children,” Chaidez added.
His family didn’t return calls for comment.
Moore worked at the El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility in Paso Robles starting in 1988. When the facility closed in 2008, he transferred to CMC and most recently served there in its medical department, a CMC spokesman said.
Moore was southbound on Highway 229 east of Santa Margarita on Tuesday when his Kawasaki motorcycle hit a 1990 Mazda MX6 heading the opposite direction.
Officials say he may have taken a curve in the road too wide before colliding with the car, but the CHP is still investigating. The speeds of the motorcycle and Mazda are also under investigation.
Moore was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo and then flown to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he died, according to the CHP.
His colleagues in corrections have set up an online fundraiser for Moore’s wife and children at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/7J785.
“Let’s pull together and support our fallen brother,” Ali Guitron posted on the fundraiser website.
There has been an outpouring of support for Moore and his family online and on social media websites.
By Wednesday evening, a total of 39 supporters pledged donations to Moore’s family in individual amounts up to $1,000. Many expressed their condolences and prayers to the family.
“You left an ever lasting impression. ... (you are) truly a good man who many will miss,” colleague Philip Ket posted.