UPDATE: I-70 pedestrian hit by semitrailer in fair condition

Monday, April 22, 2013 | 11:57 a.m. CDT; updated 5:39 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 23, 2013

COLUMBIA — An MU student was hit by a semitrailer driving on Interstate 70 at around 1 a.m. Monday, according to a release from the Columbia Police Department.

He was brought to University Hospital in serious condition on Monday. As of Tuesday morning, he was in fair condition at the hospital.

Nicholas D. Braun, 23, was walking in the westbound lanes of I-70 between U.S. 63 and Paris Road when he was hit. The driver of the semitrailer, Robert Berst, tried to swerve away from Braun, but ended up hitting him near the passenger headlight, according to the release.

According to the MU directory, Braun is a senior studying hospitality management. Michael DeLeon, shift manager at Quinton's Bar & Deli, confirmed Braun was a student and was employed at the bar.   

The case was under investigation, but police said they did not believe that inattention, excessive speed or alcohol on the part of the driver were factors in the accident.

Additional reporting by Nick Agro.

Supervising editor is Simina Mistreanu.

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