Local chiropractor dies in West Chester crash

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Local chiropractor dies in West Chester crash

A local chiropractor died Sunday from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash.

West Chester police responded to Lesourdesville-West Chester Road, south of Hamilton-Mason Road, at approximately 5:10 p.m. Sunday for a report of the crash, township officials said.

Dr. Chris Coffman, 55, was driving a 2004 grey Toyota Camry north on Lesourdesville-West Chester Road when he crossed the center line and struck an oncoming 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse, officials said.

Coffman was taken to West Chester Hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

The driver and passenger of the Mitsubishi that was struck were also transported to West Chester Hospital and were later released.

The accident remains under investigation by West Chester Police Department, but no charges are expected.

Coffman, who earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami and a doctorate from Logan College of Chiropractic, opened West Chester Chiropractic Center in 1989, according to a website for the business.

He was honored by the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance in 2012 as the Carlos Todd Businessperson of the Year.

Joe Hinson, the chamber’s president and CEO, recalled that Coffman attended Java with Joe sessions to learn how to further build his business and never rested on his laurels.

“He was always interested in learning and wanting to grow his business,” Hinson said. “He was very passionate about his business. He loved being a chiropractor but had a nice blend of being able to make that passion a reality and have success for a business.”

Joanne Westwood, of Monroe, who said she knew Coffman since 1994, described him as “a brilliant medical practitioner” who loved what he did and studied hard to stay current and offer his best to his patients.

“He was a man of integrity,” Westwood said. “He was exactly the same each time you encountered him. If he said he would do it, he did it.”

Coffman also had “a tremendous sense of humor” and was giving of his time, she said.

“He truly cared about you and wanted to support you as you achieved your best,” Westwood said.

Coffman is survived by his wife, Robbin, and four children: Tucker, Taylor, Tanner and Trevor.

He also is survived by brothers James (Joan), Anthony (Ellen), Nick and sister Paulette Yiambilis.

Visitation is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Hodapp Funeral home, 6410 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Liberty Twp.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chris Coffman Memorial Fund at any PNC Bank branch or by sending them to 5776 Catawba Court, Hamilton, OH, 45011. Proceeds will go toward the college tuitions of Coffman’s children.

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