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Student hit by car in Moon; sidewalks, crossings in works

Jaime Brown knows well the dangers of crossing bustling University Boulevard at the entrance to Robert Morris University.

“You have to run across the street. People are trying to turn into the next lane, and they don’t always stop for you,” said the 19-year-old student, who lives on campus.

A 21-year-old classmate, Charles Finkbeiner, of Chambersburg, Franklin County, was hit Sunday night at that stretch of the highway by a car driven by Brian Komen, 25, of Crescent. Finkbeiner was in critical condition Monday night at Allegheny General Hospital, North Side.

The business administration major was crossing University Boulevard at Moon Plaza at about 8 p.m. when he was hit.

Moon police declined to release further details or to say whether they would charge Komen.

The accident happened less than two weeks before Moon officials are scheduled to present findings from the township’s $83,000 redevelopment plan, which includes sidewalks and crossings along University Boulevard, said township Manager Greg Smith.

Robert Morris, with 1,000 students on campus and 4,000 off campus, long has pushed for the sidewalks, said university spokesman Mark Weinstein.

The township will present the redevelopment plan, compiled by Macklin Engineering, at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the university.

Smith said Moon hopes to install elevated walkways, bike paths and planters throughout the township.


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