A man walking backwards against traffic met with a predictable fate. At 2:14PM Sunday afternoon 47-year-old Wren Barker from Coalinga was walking backwards along the side of Parkview Avenue and apparently lost track of his direction as he backed into the lane of travel. That’s where 34-year-old Allen Walsh was driving a Ford Taurus. He couldn’t avoid hitting the backwards-bound Barker, who was transported to Mercy medical Center. He's in critical but stable condition Monday morning. It’s not known if drugs or alcohol were a contributing factor.