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Albion native killed in Kentucky after being hit by taxi cab

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 December 2013 at 12:00 am

Joe Allen

LOUISVILLE, Ky. An Albion native was killed early Saturday morning after he was hit by a taxi cab while walking down the side of the road.

Joseph Allen, 26, graduated from Albion in 2005 and then joined the military, serving four years with the Navy before returning to Albion in 2009.

He was killed just before 1:30 a.m. on Dixie Highway just north of Katherine Station Road in Louisville.

“Of course we haven’t ruled out any factors at this point,” Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell told WLKY in Louisville. “Our investigators are investigating. Hopefully we’ll have more information once the investigation is complete.”

Allen of West Point, Ky., was pronounced dead at the scene. He is the son of Dave Allen, a former reporter for The Journal-Register and a lawyer in Medina. Allen is now a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army and lives in Fort Knox, Ky.

Joe’s mother, Carmela Allen, lives in Waterport and his sister, Patricia McDonald, is in Medina.

Mr. Allen, in a Facebook message this morning, said his son visited him in March and liked the area and decided to stay. He was working in maintenance at a local factory.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 W. Ave., Albion, on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., where prayers will be said Saturday at 9:30 a.m. followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Family Parish/St. Joseph’s Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Veterans Outreach Center, 459 South Ave., Rochester NY 14620.