GoFundMe page set up for Paso Robles man who died in fiery car crash

Anthony Riso and his family.
Anthony Riso and his family.

An online fundraising effort has been started to help the family of a Paso Robles man who died in a fiery car crash along Highway 101 on Jan. 28.

Anthony Riso, 31, was driving a Shelby Mustang south on Highway 101 when his car crashed off the road near the Highway 46 westbound off-ramp. The vehicle rolled several times, hit a tree and caught fire. Three witnesses tried to rescue Riso from his car, but the heat of the fire and the driver’s four-point safety belt harness prevented a rescue.

Riso was “a man full of incredible energy and enthusiasm,” read a post on his GoFundMe page. “He always brought a smile to your face, no matter the circumstance.”

The page also described Riso as a loving husband and father who spent nine years serving the commmunity. Money raised will go to his two sons, who are 5 and 6 years old.

“We want to wrap ourselves around the Riso family and ensure financial security for those boys’ futures,” the page said. “With a tough path ahead of them, let us make sure the least of their concerns are monetary.”

As of noon Sunday, the page had raised $15,109 of a $50,000 goal.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF