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'Devastated': Family grieves Anderson shop owner killed by car in Hoosier Park parking lot

Jan. 21—ANDERSON — Friends and family say they'll treasure memories of Anderson businessman Steve Rubenstein, who died Jan. 13 after being hit by a car in a parking lot at Harrah's Hoosier Park.

Rubenstein, co-owner of Allan's Jewelry & Loan, was struck while walking back to his car at the casino just after 7:30 p.m. He was transferred to an Indianapolis hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Jerry Rubenstein said the family is "devastated" by his brother's death. Jerry has been swamped with phone calls from people expressing condolences.

"I can't get anything done," he said Thursday.

Brenda Foreman, a 10-year employee at Allan's, said the Rubenstein brothers have treated her like family. She was devastated to hear of Steve's death.

Her last memory of him is vivid. Steve, 71, strummed one of the store's guitars and sang a song for her.

"He was so funny," she said, trying not to cry.

Steve was known for helping others, especially those in need. Such folks often come in to pawn items, some of which are not pawnable.

But the Rubensteins would not send them away empty-handed, according to Allan's employee Marie Teague.

"Steve and Jerry both would give money out of their pocket to help them out," she said.

The shop also serves as a community billboard. People post flyers and all kinds of information on the bulletin board beside the shop's entrance.

Nicole Kapuscinski often used the shop to advertise events and got to know "Steve from Allan's."

Kapuscinkski, a retired military veteran in her 30s, found herself in dire straits after being discharged in June 2009.

"I wasn't acclimating back into society. I lost my footing and became homeless," she said. "They would be there for me. We became friends through that."

Steve's death has left her with a lot of questions.

According to Anderson police, Melissa Mroz, 56, was driving the car that fatally struck him.

The accident remains under investigation. No charges have been filed as of Monday. Anyone with information can contact Sgt. Nick Durr at 765-648-6600.

Follow Caleb Amick on Twitter @AmickCaleb. Contact him at caleb.amick@heraldbulletin.com or 765-648-4254.