MCPHERSON, Kan. (KWCH) An assistant basketball coach at Haven High School died in an early morning crash on Thursday.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says 51-year-old David L. Chamberlain,k of Haven, died in a two-vehicle crash on I-135.
Trooper J.L. Riedel said it happened before 3:30 a.m. just 4 miles north of McPherson.
According to KHP, Chamberlain was headed southbound on I-135
in his Mitsubishi when he unexpectedly rear-ended a motorhome headed the same direction.
Troopers say the Mitsubishi entered the west ditch then struck a KDOT fence before catching fire.
KHP says Chamberlain was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Haven School District released the following statement Thursday afternoon:
Unfortunately, we need to report that one of our employees, Assistant basketball coach David Chamberlain passed away in a car accident early this morning. Haven High is providing grief counseling to those who chose this and will work with staff and students to get through this difficult time. Parents are encouraged to support their student as they see fit. Decisions concerning basketball schedules have yet to be determined.
Chamberlain is being remembered by friends as a man who towered over all others, who loved to laugh and make other laugh, he coached for over 20 years at Haven high school and at the Haven rec center.
Merrit Wright, a long-time friend says Chamberlain was a super coach who always encouraged players to be better.
"We're going to really miss him, we're going to miss him a lot because of his kindness and love and tenderness," Wright says.