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Local father wins fight to keep son's car following fatal drunk driving crash

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John Allen wants to keep his son's car to educate people on the dangers of drinking & driving. (Credit: KMOV) John Allen wants to keep his son's car to educate people on the dangers of drinking & driving. (Credit: KMOV)
News 4's Lauren Trager helped John Allen in the fight to keep his son's vehicle. (Credit: KMOV) News 4's Lauren Trager helped John Allen in the fight to keep his son's vehicle. (Credit: KMOV)
John "Little John" Allen was killed in a drunk driving accident in March, 2016. (Credit: Allen family) John "Little John" Allen was killed in a drunk driving accident in March, 2016. (Credit: Allen family)
FENTON (KMOV.com) -

A local father lost his son in March, 2016 when he died in a drunk driving crash.

"Little John," named after his father, John Allen, lost control of his vehicle and struck a pole on Highway 141 in Fenton.

Allen's son, only 22, battled demons and was addicted to both thrills and alcohol, according to Allen.

"After getting that phone call, my heart sank," said Allen.

Allen's son is gone, but his damaged vehicle still remains.

"That's where the bottom of the light pole went, right between his legs," Allen said, describing the state of the vehicle.

"The only thing I have to look at now is the door skin that got peeled off, the handle that he grabbed. One of the last things he grabbed," Allen continued.

Hoisted up on a trailer in the back of his yard, Allen hides the car as best he can.  However, he wants to use the car as an "in your face" reminder of the dangers of drinking and driving.  Perhaps to show students attending prom or DWI offenders.

"If I can change one person's decision on making that choice he made, then I've accomplished something," Allen said.

But, the trouble is his Homeowner's Association.

Letters from the Homeowner's Association arrived after they had received complaints about the car, reminding Allen the rules don't allow junk cars on people's properties.  They wanted him to get rid of it.  If he didn't, they made clear that they have authority to remove the car at Allen's expense.

The Homeowner's Association even contacted a lawyer, who also sent Allen a letter.

Unsure of how to get an exception to the rule, he contacted News 4, who contacted the neighbors.

No one would speak on camera, but after multiple phone calls and emails over a period of weeks, the Homeowner's Association's lawyer had a change of heart.

Allen then received another letter saying they won't consider it a junk vehicle as long as it's used for educational purposes, and so long as it doesn't create a nuisance or otherwise disturb the quiet enjoyment of the subdivision owners.  

In short, the car was allowed to stay.

The Allen's are relieved they're able to keep the car, and now they're coordinating with MADD as well as local schools, and expects to take the car out to teach people the dangers of drinking and driving.

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