DURHAM — The community is responding after learning a local educator was struck by a car and critically injured.
On March 21, Coginchaug Regional High School Band Director Tim Fisher was hit by a car while walking his dog near his home in Middletown. According to police, Fisher was hit at approximately 5:30 p.m. by a GMC Terrain driven by Jefferson Javier Cusnia-Llamuca of Meriden.
Fisher was taken to Hartford Hospital and was initially in critical condition. On March 25, his family said Fisher was in stable condition.
In response, town resident Dr. Oanh Stephan created a GoFundMe page to help Fisher and his family “in the long recovery days ahead.” The GoFundMe page has nearly doubled its original goal of $25,000, ticking up to $41,100 as of Tuesday.
In a statement sent to students and parents, Coginchaug Principal Brian Falcone said to “please keep Mr. Fisher and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
The GoFundMe page also included a statement from Fisher’s students.
"Fisher has done more for the students, teachers, and parents in this community than we can ever fully thank him for,” the statement read. “Please help, in what ever capacity you are able, to repay a truly un-repayable man. Bring him joy, thoughts, strength and music - he would do it for us without a second thought."
For more information, or to donate, you can visit the GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/our-community-for-mr-fisher?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet.