Six days after being struck while on duty as a Community Fire Company fire police officer, David R. Barr, remains in critical but stable condition at Christiana Hospital in Delaware.
Barr, 65, of Port Deposit, who has been a fire police officer for 13 years, and is also a member of Water Witch Fire Company, had surgery to relieve pressure on his brain on Wednesday.
"He is not able to communicate and responds to painful stimuli but not voices," said Barr's son, John Barr.
On Friday, October 25, the fire company was called about 3:20 p.m. for a motor vehicle accident on westbound Route 40 in the area of the Relax Inn. The fire company cleared the accident area but fire police remained on scene to assist Perryville Police with traffic control.
Barr was wearing a reflective vest and was surrounded by flares used in traffic direction when he was struck by a 2009 Hyundai. The Hyundai was driven by Robert Clyde Nickle IV, 27, of Perryville.
Mark Choate, an officer with the Perryville Police Department, said that no charges have been filed and the investigation into the accident is continuing. Choate said that sun glare and construction in the area of the accident may have been contributing factors in the accident.
The accident has placed a spotlight on Maryland's new "Move Over Law" which became effective less than a month ago. The Barr family and the accident have been featured on Baltimore news and in Baltimore newspapers.
Barr's son, David, said the law needs to be emphasized.
"People need to pay attention to those on the side of the road. Whether it is someone broken down, fire police, or construction workers, people need to slow down and move over," he said.
The family said they have been overwhelmed by the show of love and support.
Donna Barr said she is grateful for those who have been praying for her husband. "We are thankful for the support from the community. We ask for continued prayers for my husband and the person who struck him," she said.
Anyone who wants to offer assistance to the Barr family is asked to call Shawn Buchanan, chief of Perryville Fire Company at 443-309-8858.
The family also set up an account to help offset expenses. The account is the David Barr fund at Perry Point Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 5, Perry Point, MD 21902. The credit union is located at the corner of Avenue D and Fifth Street, Perry Point.