breaking news

Search is on for Montgomery County Jail inmate who runs off from work detail

Brother of Brody Allen who died of brain cancer in critical condition


The family of 2-year-old Brody Allen, who died in October of brain cancer, is pleading for prayers, but this time for Brody’s older brother, Andrew “Drew” Allen.

Andrew Allen was crossing Springdale Road near Niagra Street on Monday night when he was struck by at least one vehicle in the dark close to his home. Multiple vehicles were involved, and police are investigating what happened. Nobody has been charged, and drivers are all cooperating, according to police.

Brody Allen captured the country’s attention when the family, realizing the boy’s rare brain cancer meant he would not survive until Christmas, put up a tree and decorations, with neighbors following suit in the Cincinnati suburb of Colerain Township.

In a Facebook post, Todd Allen, the boys’ father, said Andrew was in critical condition, adding his situation was “very critical.”

“He has a very serious life-threatening traumatic brain injury, damage to his heart and lungs, multiple compound fractures to both of his legs, damage to his kidneys, a small laceration to his spleen, a broken shoulder blade, and a dislocated/broken collar bone,” the father wrote.

Doctors have placed Andrew Allen in a “medically-induced paralysis,” and he is heavily sedated, receiving constant dialysis because of damage to his kidneys. So far, he has been too unstable to undergo any surgeries, the father wrote.

“Eleven days ago we buried our youngest son Brody,” Todd Allen wrote. “Today Shilo and I are again in the hospital facing the very real reality that we may lose another son. Our grief and pain is simply indescribable right now. We desperately need your help. Your prayers helped carry us through Brody’s fight with brain cancer. They continue to support us as we grieve his passing just a few days ago. Today as I sit at Andrew’s hospital bedside I know that I am not strong enough to do this on my own.”

RELATED: Brody Allen, the Colerain Twp. boy who got an early Christmas, has died after fight with brain cancer

Later in his post, he urged, “Please, if you’re inclined, pray for Andrew’s healing and recovery. I don’t care what faith, language, religion or perspective in life you come from.”

“Your prayers, thoughts and well wishes carried us and more importantly, I believe, gave Brody the strength and a little extra time, to live his last days to the fullest with absolute joy,” Todd Allen continued in his post.

Springdale Road is a two-lane road, with center turn lanes in both directions at Niagra.

Colerain police spokesman Jim Love said the family is suffering tremendous grief. Even before Andrew’s severe injuries they were so overwhelmed by grief they took a cruise to try to decompress: “They had to come back early from the cruise to deal with this.”

“Yesterday we even closed down Springdale Road to re-enact the whole thing, see if we can’t figure out what’s going on,” Love said. Because he’s in a medically induced coma, “at this point, we do not have anything from him, as to why he was crossing and whatever else.”

“Until we can talk to him, it’s pretty much an open investigation,” Love said, adding he did not know how many vehicles hit Andrew.

“We can talk to the people that were on the road, and we have,” Love said. “And we went back, and we recreated the scene to find out what we think happened with the vehicles, and we have done that. So we’ve done what we can do at this point until we can actually talk to him.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Search continues for Montgomery County Jail inmate who runs from work detail
Search continues for Montgomery County Jail inmate who runs from work detail

UPDATE @ 8:54 p.m.: Authorities checked the Montgomery County Administration Building parking garage downtown in their search for Dillon Watson, believed to have run off from a work detail at the jail about an hour ago. They didn’t find him there. Dayton police, Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies and Five Rivers MetroParks rangers are...
Man charged in Dayton homicide now indicted in 2017 incident
Man charged in Dayton homicide now indicted in 2017 incident

A 26-year old Dayton man charged with murder in a shooting last month now faces charges for an incident that happened last November. Jamariyo Drane was indicted today on two counts of felonious assault, which carry firearm specifications. He also was indicted on burglary, robbery and having weapons while under disability for a prior offense of violence...
Experts: Card payment fraud on the rise; how to protect yourself 
Experts: Card payment fraud on the rise; how to protect yourself 

This holiday season, online and in-store shopping might not be as secure as you think. Experts say the risk of payment card fraud is on the rise, and remains a top concern for retailers despite the upgrade to chips. Using a chip card, or EMV payment system, is supposed to be safer but one expert says this isn’t always the case. “In 2015...
Passerby mistakes controlled burning of old barn for house fire in Clark County
Passerby mistakes controlled burning of old barn for house fire in Clark County

A passerby this evening mistook a controlled burning of an old barn for a house fire, prompting multiple fire crews to respond. The passerby reported that flames could be seen coming through the roof of a house on Milton-Carlisle Road in Bethel Twp. From a distance, it appeared the fire was coming from a house. But in reality, the flames were...
Beavercreek parents group raises money for security locks on elementary classrooms
Beavercreek parents group raises money for security locks on elementary classrooms

A group of parents in Beavercreek has raised enough money to have security locks installed on each of the classroom doors in the district’s elementary schools and now is hoping to raise money to do the same in the district’s other schools. The group was launched in April with the mission to raise $60,000 to purchase and install 335 locks...
More Stories