SAN DIEGO -- The motorcyclist killed in a collision with a tanker truck near Naval Base San Diego in Barrio Logan was a 37-year-old father of six who lived in National City, according to a message on the crowd funding site GoFundMe.
Omar "El Nene" Moreno worked at nearby National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, a division of General Dynamics, according to the post by friend and coworker Juan Osuna. A photo on the GoFundMe page showed Moreno posing for a photograph with five of his children, ages 7 to 16.
"Now to not hear him or see him again - what am I going to do?" said Maria Moreno, married to Omar for nearly 16 years.
Moreno was a "son, brother and father of (six) beautiful kids," Osuna wrote on the page. "Nene you are going to be missed by all the NASSCO community, we are here to support your family in these hard times."
As of Tuesday evening, the GoFundMe page had raised nearly $11,000 of the $20,000 goal.
San Diego police said Moreno was riding his motorcycle to the west near Naval Base San Diego shortly before 6 a.m. when the driver of a big rig made a left turn in his path in the 3500 block of Harbor Drive.
Moreno tried in vain to stop, then laid his two-wheeler onto the roadway and slid into the commercial vehicle. He died at the scene, Officer Robert Heims said. No other injuries were reported.
“Most of the time he would ride his bike – even though we didn’t like his bike. We would always tell him bikes are dangerous. He said he was always ok - careful with it," said Mercy Figueroa, Moreno's sister. “He was a great man.”
According to messages on the GoFundMe page, Moreno worked at the NASSCO shipbuilding yard headquartered near the crash site, south of the Coronado Bridge and north of Naval Base San Diego. A Facebook post by an alumni group said Moreno was a 2001 graduate of Montgomery High School in Otay Mesa.