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Moores kin dead in Rancho Santa Fe Atom crash

Collision in reputedly fastest street-legal car ends life of mogul's nephew

Ariel Atom
Ariel Atom

The nephew of Texas-bred mega-millionaire John Moores has died after a crashing his rare British-made Ariel Atom into an SUV on a curvy Rancho Santa Fe road on Christmas Eve.

Barry Alexander Moores

Barry Alexander Moores, 21, the son of Barry Owen Moores, a noted optometrist and inventor, died 3:58 p.m. on Christmas Day at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.

According to TV news reports, the crash happened at two o’clock in the afternoon and may have been linked to speeding.

"Speed is always a factor," CHP Officer Chris Parent told NBC affiliate KNSD at the scene of the accident in the 4400 block of La Orilla. A 21-year-old male passenger in the Moores vehicle was also injured and taken to Palomar Hospital, where his condition has not been reported.

The 62-year-old male driver of the Ford Expedition SUV and his female passenger were taken to Scripps La Jolla with minor to moderate injuries, the TV station said.

"Ninety percent of our crashes are unsafe speed-based," Parent said. "So if we can get people to slow down and pay attention and drive safely, that would obviously help all of us.”

“This is Christmas Eve. People aren’t supposed to be spending time in hospitals. They’re supposed to be at home getting ready to open presents and spend time with family," Parent noted.

A resume posted online by the younger Moores, a 2011 graduate of La Jolla's Bishop's School who was reportedly studying for a business degree at UC Berkeley, says he had been a summer analyst at Oaktree Capital Management in Los Angeles earlier this year.

In 2012 he was a community relations intern for the Padres, where he "assisted marketing [the] team in advertising efforts" and "acted as ambassador to VIP guests."

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The Ariel Atom

The Ariel Atom is promoted on the maker's website with the slogan "No Roof. No Doors. No Compromise." Despite its rarefied and racy reputation, prices for the vehicle start at about $31,000, according to a BBC report.

John Moores has been noted for his Ferrari collection, including a 1967 275 GTB/4S NART Spyder, according to the website ConceptCarz.com.

"After a series of United States owners, it was bought by philanthropist and Ferrari collector John Moores of [Rancho] Santa Fe. He had it restored to its original Argento Silver and then made an extraordinary gesture by auctioning the car in 1998 to raise money for charity. It won Best of Show at the Salon Prive Concours in London.

The ex-baseball mogul also owned a 1955 Mercedes gullwing coupe, which he sold to Sid Craig, husband of the diet queen Jenny Craig.

"Both Sid and his predecessor in ownership John Moores were private men who enjoyed their automobiles for what they were," according to Bonhams.com. "As far as it is known this Gullwing has never made a concours d’elegance appearance, a privilege which awaits its next owner."

1969 ProTeam Corvette

A rare 1969 Corvette was also once part of the collection.

"This car was also owned by businessman and philanthropist John Moores of the San Diego Padres and was donated, along with 26 exceptional automobiles which included thirteen 1953 Corvettes as well as CERV II and two Ferrari Nart Spyders, to the Scripps Research Institute to benefit the Institute for Childhood and Neglected Diseases and was sold by the Scripps Institute several years ago at the Christie's auction at La Jolla, California," according to the website of Proteam Corvette.

"It is well known that much of the paperwork, history, and factory documentation (window sticker) that was possessed by Mr. Moores either was misplaced or lost during either his ownership or that of the Scripps Institute.

A January 2004 Los Angeles Times profile of John Moores quoted Barry on the brothers' humble beginnings.

"Raised in Corpus Christi, he and his two brothers shared a room in a converted garage. With profits from a paper route, he helped buy a car for his stepfather, a newspaperman and musician."

"'In school, Moores "could do his homework in the backseat of the car on the way home,' recalled his younger brother Barry, a retired optometrist. Their parents never pushed them toward college. 'They didn't have any college,' said Barry Moores, 'and it wasn't a big deal for them.'"

According to filings with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, trusts in the name of both Barry Alexander Moores and his father were part owners of Peregrine Systems, Inc., the controversial computer venture of John Moores.

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Ariel Atom
Ariel Atom

The nephew of Texas-bred mega-millionaire John Moores has died after a crashing his rare British-made Ariel Atom into an SUV on a curvy Rancho Santa Fe road on Christmas Eve.

Barry Alexander Moores

Barry Alexander Moores, 21, the son of Barry Owen Moores, a noted optometrist and inventor, died 3:58 p.m. on Christmas Day at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.

According to TV news reports, the crash happened at two o’clock in the afternoon and may have been linked to speeding.

"Speed is always a factor," CHP Officer Chris Parent told NBC affiliate KNSD at the scene of the accident in the 4400 block of La Orilla. A 21-year-old male passenger in the Moores vehicle was also injured and taken to Palomar Hospital, where his condition has not been reported.

The 62-year-old male driver of the Ford Expedition SUV and his female passenger were taken to Scripps La Jolla with minor to moderate injuries, the TV station said.

"Ninety percent of our crashes are unsafe speed-based," Parent said. "So if we can get people to slow down and pay attention and drive safely, that would obviously help all of us.”

“This is Christmas Eve. People aren’t supposed to be spending time in hospitals. They’re supposed to be at home getting ready to open presents and spend time with family," Parent noted.

A resume posted online by the younger Moores, a 2011 graduate of La Jolla's Bishop's School who was reportedly studying for a business degree at UC Berkeley, says he had been a summer analyst at Oaktree Capital Management in Los Angeles earlier this year.

In 2012 he was a community relations intern for the Padres, where he "assisted marketing [the] team in advertising efforts" and "acted as ambassador to VIP guests."

Video:

The Ariel Atom

The Ariel Atom is promoted on the maker's website with the slogan "No Roof. No Doors. No Compromise." Despite its rarefied and racy reputation, prices for the vehicle start at about $31,000, according to a BBC report.

John Moores has been noted for his Ferrari collection, including a 1967 275 GTB/4S NART Spyder, according to the website ConceptCarz.com.

"After a series of United States owners, it was bought by philanthropist and Ferrari collector John Moores of [Rancho] Santa Fe. He had it restored to its original Argento Silver and then made an extraordinary gesture by auctioning the car in 1998 to raise money for charity. It won Best of Show at the Salon Prive Concours in London.

The ex-baseball mogul also owned a 1955 Mercedes gullwing coupe, which he sold to Sid Craig, husband of the diet queen Jenny Craig.

"Both Sid and his predecessor in ownership John Moores were private men who enjoyed their automobiles for what they were," according to Bonhams.com. "As far as it is known this Gullwing has never made a concours d’elegance appearance, a privilege which awaits its next owner."

1969 ProTeam Corvette

A rare 1969 Corvette was also once part of the collection.

"This car was also owned by businessman and philanthropist John Moores of the San Diego Padres and was donated, along with 26 exceptional automobiles which included thirteen 1953 Corvettes as well as CERV II and two Ferrari Nart Spyders, to the Scripps Research Institute to benefit the Institute for Childhood and Neglected Diseases and was sold by the Scripps Institute several years ago at the Christie's auction at La Jolla, California," according to the website of Proteam Corvette.

"It is well known that much of the paperwork, history, and factory documentation (window sticker) that was possessed by Mr. Moores either was misplaced or lost during either his ownership or that of the Scripps Institute.

A January 2004 Los Angeles Times profile of John Moores quoted Barry on the brothers' humble beginnings.

"Raised in Corpus Christi, he and his two brothers shared a room in a converted garage. With profits from a paper route, he helped buy a car for his stepfather, a newspaperman and musician."

"'In school, Moores "could do his homework in the backseat of the car on the way home,' recalled his younger brother Barry, a retired optometrist. Their parents never pushed them toward college. 'They didn't have any college,' said Barry Moores, 'and it wasn't a big deal for them.'"

According to filings with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, trusts in the name of both Barry Alexander Moores and his father were part owners of Peregrine Systems, Inc., the controversial computer venture of John Moores.

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Cars get faster and people get stupid.

What a shame.

Dec. 27, 2014

Remember the bumper sticker "Ban low performance drivers not high performance cars"?

Dec. 27, 2014

Ya I hear the high performance drivers going up and down the 15 and the 805 at about 11:30 PM every night.

When high performance cars start topping out over 500 HP then it's over the top. Where is a car like that suppose to be used on the streets?

Dec. 27, 2014

Matt: Not to pic fly specks out of the pepper but the crash was not a head on. Moores came around the curve and lost control and the car "swapped ends" and hit the front of the Ford SUV with the rear end of the Ariel Atom.

Dec. 27, 2014

I can't imagine that he hadn't driven this sort of car before. I looked at a map and that road isn't that radical in the curve department. He must have been going like a bat out of he!! to get that out of shape in that car.

Guess money isn't everything. It can't take the stupid stunts out of youngsters.

Dec. 30, 2014

How about some sympathy for the driver of the other vehicle and his passenger? I'd guess this ruined their Christmas and many weeks or months into the New Year. Were they in any way responsible for this? No, a resounding No! Innocent victims of a young, rich dude with a crazy car that could killed everyone involved.

Dec. 27, 2014

Naive comments. This was the nicest kid you could ever meet. Worked incredibly hard. I know from experience. This is a tragedy and you shouldn't be focusing on his money.

Dec. 27, 2014

You don't like the comments, but they were anything but "naive." His money was a factor in this crash, because without a great plenty of bucks, you never own a car like that one.

Dec. 28, 2014

Heart breaking news for all involved and especially for the entire Moore family whose lifelong love affair with classic automobiles will be tainted from now on by Barry's tragic accident on Christmas Eve.

Dec. 28, 2014

It is a tragedy for all involved and their families. No matter how nice and respectful a 21 year old man may be, entrusting him with the "No Roof. No Doors. No Compromise" car on an open road is questionable, IMHO.

Dec. 28, 2014

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