Fire police officer David R. Barr, 65, of Port Deposit was in critical condition Friday at Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE, where he was taken by ambulance after a Hyundai hit him, according to the Rising Sun Herald.
Barr had reportedly been directing traffic around a three-vehicle crash that occurred at 3:20 p.m. Friday near Relax Inn.
The glare from the sun may have been a factor in why Barr was hit, Perryville police told the Cecil Whig.
At the time he was struck, around 4 p.m., Barr was wearing a reflective vest and was surrounded by flares, The Heraldreported.
As a result of the incident, first responders reminded citizens to be cautious around emergency vehicles.
"Please stay alert, move over and slow down when emergency personnel are on the roadway," Harford County Volunteer Fire & Emergency Services said Friday night. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured emergency service worker and their family."
Troopers issued 335 citations and 484 warnings on Monday, Oct. 21, for violations of Maryland's "Move Over Law," which requires drivers approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with lights activated to change into an available lane so they are not next to the emergency vehicle. If there is no available lane to move over, drivers should slow down and carefully pass.