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Traffic accident claims life of Memphis DJ icon, Soni D

Sonny-D-600Kevin Allen Sr. – widely known as legendary Memphis Disc Jockey and Radio Host DJ Soni D – was killed Monday afternoon in Hinkley, Calif., when his 2013 Nissan Rogue collided with another vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Attributing details to San Bernardino County coroner's officials, the San Bernardino Sun reported that Allen was driving west on Highway 58 near Harper Lake Road at 3:20 p.m. when he drove into eastbound lanes to pass a vehicle in front of him.

A native of Chicago, Allen was considered a pioneer in the Memphis club scene as well as the national radio industry. He is a three-time Billboard Magazine Award Winner for his work as production manager, producer and engineer for "Tom Joyner's On The Move" nationally syndicated countdown show.

Allen was most known locally for the "Drive at 5" mixes, which airs each evening on a variety of radio stations, including KJMS V101 FM here in Memphis. He was also host of the weekly syndicated radio program "Gospel Reflections."

Soni D was 51. News of his death stimulated a flow of Internet condolences and rememberances, including this Facebook entry by Johnnie Walker, executive director of the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission:

"I was awakened to a phone message early this morning and it's the kind of call you never want to get! I am told we lost my good friend Soni D. to a car crash...my heart is heavy as I post this as we were planning a special celebration that included Soni and he was very excited about it.

"The original 'Spin Doctor' true Mix Master, DJ Soni D ... always a friend, always helpful, always down, creative genius. I am in disbelief. With love. ... RIP my brother!"

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