Family mourns UK employee killed in alleged DUI crash

Published: Oct. 31, 2016 at 7:53 AM EDT
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A University of Kentucky employee was one of two men killed in a weekend crash on the UK campus.

Timothy Moore, 56, served in the Navy. The father of three and grandfather of 12 worked in utility management at UK and was a year away from retirement.

"He was a kind, generous man. He definitely didn't deserve what he got," Moore's son Michael told WDRB over the phone from Cincinnati.

Moore was killed early Saturday morning after he and

were hit by a black Dodge Charger while standing on the side of the road on South Upper Street.

"I was told he was giving directions to a citizen that was lost. So they seen him and stopped him and he was just helping out, giving them directions. I think they were hungry and they wanted to know a location where they could get something to eat," said Michael Moore. "I was angry. I was asking myself why a careless decision took the life of two great people that didn't deserve it one bit."

Lexington police charged Suzanne Whitlow, 26, with two counts of second degree manslaughter and one count of DUI.

"There's consequences to every decision that you make and she made a choice and that choice comes with consequences," said Michael Moore. "You have choices and you should choose not to drink and drive."

UK Spokesperson Jay Blanton says Moore was a Utility Plant Operator at UK. He says Moore worked at the University for 14 years.

"What I've been told is that he was a hard worker, one of those folks that keeps the place going day in and day out," Blanton told WKYT. You might not see those folks a lot because they are working at a time when most of us are asleep, but these are the people that make the institution go. They're there when the weather is good and the weather is bad to make sure this place can function."

Blanton says UK is providing grief counselors for those who worked with Moore.