Smithburg crash victim died from head injuries

October 12, 2007|By HEATHER KEELS

SMITHSBURG - The 81-year-old Smithsburg man found dead Wednesday in a pickup truck on Wesel Boulevard died of head injuries caused by the accident, a state medical examiner said Thursday.

The man, identified by police as Alfred Hamer Barger, was a retired roundhouse worker and twice-decorated Army veteran who served in the Korean War, his daughter-in-law, Gloria Feliciano-Barger of Brunswick, Md., said.

Police investigating the accident have not determined what caused Barger to drive across both lanes of Wesel Boulevard at about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, striking a tree in the median and hitting the curb on the other side of the road.

Feliciano-Barger said police found a shopping list in the truck that suggested Barger had been making a trip to Lowe's. She said her father-in-law was diabetic, but otherwise healthy.


"He was pretty spry for his age," she said. "He was very independent and he got around without any problem."

Barger, a widower, lived by himself and enjoyed working with ham radios, e-mailing friends and attending American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars events, his daughter-in-law said. He was a third-degree Mason, she said.

"He was a hard man to keep down," Feliciano-Barger said. "A very active man."

He is survived by his son, Dennis Alfred Barger of Brunswick, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home in Smithsburg. The funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m.

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