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Man killed in car crash by suspected drunken driver was loved by ‘anyone who met him’

Herbert "Herbie" Moran was killed in a car accident early Sunday morning.
Herbert "Herbie" Moran was killed in a car accident early Sunday morning.

Herbert “Herbie” Moran had a passion for video games, computers and people. So much so, in fact, that he was willing to combine all of them into a trip in the wee hours of the morning.

Herbert Moran, 36, of Meridian, was on his way to play video games with friends early Sunday, his brother, Joseph Moran, told the Idaho Statesman. Many of his friends worked night shifts, Joseph Moran said, and Herbert Moran was always willing to accommodate their schedules.

Herbert Moran’s 2004 Ford Mustang was reportedly rear-ended by Courtni Verity’s 2005 Toyota Avalon on Ten Mile Road around 1:45 a.m. Sunday, causing his car to crash into a guard rail, spin out and eject him. Moran was pronounced dead at the scene by authorities, who don’t believe he was wearing a seat belt.

Verity, 23, faces a count of vehicular manslaughter and was being held at the Ada County Jail on a $500,000 bond. Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, though toxicology reports on Verity are still pending. Her next hearing is Aug. 6, according to court records.

“It was a selfish act, and it shouldn’t have happened,” said Andrew Moran, Herbert’s brother.

The close-knit Moran family is mourning. His brother, Joseph Moran, said he saw his brother every single day.

“It still doesn’t feel real,” he said. “It still feels like he’s going to walk through the front door.”

Family members described Herbert Moran as selfless and willing to put others before himself. He lived at home to help take care of his mother and her ailing back while his father was away working in Wyoming.

Herbert Moran had more friends than his sister-in-law Samantha Moran could imagine.

“I know 36-year-olds that don’t have half as many friends as he had. Anyone who met him, loved him,” she said. “I know he was my brother-in-law, but it was a friendship.”

The outpouring of support has been immense, according to Samantha Moran.

Herbert Moran’s death was so unexpected, however, that it has caused family members to put work on hold. Consequently, money is tight at the moment, Joseph Moran said. Samantha Moran and Andrew Moran started a GoFundMe for a proper memorial service and burial. Estimates for a burial were upwards of $10,000, Joseph Moran said, a price the family can’t currently afford.

If anyone deserves a proper burial, it’s Herbert Moran, Samantha Moran said. The GoFundMe has raised nearly $3,000 so far.

“It needs to be a nice place where people can visit him … no one ever prepares for something like this,” she said. “I wanted to do something for my in-laws.

“It’s not going to bring him back, but it’s something,” she said. “The kind of person he was, he deserves this kind of service and memorial.”

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