Highway Patrol Trooper Dies After Procedure Following 2007 Accident

A North Carolina state trooper has died following a medical procedure related to an injury he suffered when a vehicle pinned him against his patrol cruiser.

The Highway Patrol said Wednesday that 46-year-old Trooper Kyle P. Barber died Tuesday at Wake Forest University Hospital in Winston Salem. He joined the patrol in May 1985.

Patrol spokesman Capt. Everett Clendenin said Barber was injured Jan. 20, 2007, while helping another trooper who had stopped an all-terrain vehicle in Wilkes County. The ATV rolled and pinned Barber, injuring his lower legs.

Barber had undergone 10 surgical procedures since then. He is survived by his wife, Lynn, and three children. Barber was the 61st trooper to die in the line of duty.


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  • by TO BAT & SAM Location: Jacksonville on May 21, 2009 at 07:38 AM
    Thank you BAT for clearing it up, the way WITN posted it, it made no sense to me. To Sam: You really don't have to comment on every story that they post on here. For as much as you comment on you'd think you were getting paid for it!
  • by brother blue Location: G-ville on May 20, 2009 at 03:13 PM
    Rest Easy Brother Grey........mghmots
  • by BAT Location: Emerald Isle on May 20, 2009 at 02:12 PM
    This may clear up any questions......When he was hit by the ATV in 2007, Barber suffered a compound fracture of the right femur, the large bone in the thigh. His right tibia, a lower leg bone, was also broken. He had surgery then to have a rod inserted in his leg. The injury happened when Barber and another trooper were investigating a wreck involving two ATVs on White Plains Road, northeast of North Wilkesboro. The other trooper told one of the men to push one of the four-wheelers off the road. But the man started it up, and it threw him off, roared up an embankment, then made an arc to where Barber was standing, pinning him against his patrol car.
  • by Bat Location: Emerald Isle on May 20, 2009 at 02:10 PM
    To What Location, It was related to an incident that occurred while he was ON DUTY. Makes perfect sense to me. My Prayers are with the family.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 20, 2009 at 11:42 AM
    To Confused, I know you are curious about that, and so is a lot of other people, which is ok, but that does not matter at this time, maybe later, but not now. What matters is that there was a trooper who spent about 21.5 years serving North Carolna and he passed away. May God be with the family and the rest of the Highway Patrol! Thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 20, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    RIP Trooper Barber, my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Tropper Barber. Let's try not to dwell on what makes sense and what does not. Trooper Barber was pinned between his vehich and the ATV, that is all that happened what by all accounts was a terrible accident. It does not take alot of force for a 800 Pound ATV to do damage to your legs/arms, etc.
  • by What Location: Greenville on May 20, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    How did he die in the line of duty?? He was injured and then over 2 .5 years later died in a hospital.
  • by Rhonda on May 20, 2009 at 09:45 AM
    Lynn and family...May God be with you and your family. All of you are in my prayers.
  • by confused Location: jacksonville on May 20, 2009 at 09:40 AM
    This story makes no sense to me. How did the ATV roll and pin his legs? If the other trooper already had the ATV stopped then it surely couldnt of rolled into him that hard to seriously hurt his legs. I'm just confused, can you add more details?!?!
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