Coffman’s death was confirmed to media on Thursday by his father, Jason Coffman.
Jason Coffman said his son hadn’t come out of the bar Wednesday night, and spent much of Thursday visiting hospitals in search of his son. He said he later learned Cody Coffman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Distraught and leaning on the shoulder of his father-in-law, Jason Coffman told a group of reporters he would miss the companionship he had with his son, and the mentorship Cody Coffman had with his six- and eight-year-old brothers.
“I just want him to know that he is going to be missed,” Jason Coffman said. “I cannot believe that it’s happened to my family … I am speechless and heartbroken.”
He added that he remembered speaking with his son Wednesday night before he headed to the bar.
“The first thing I said was, ‘Please don’t drink and drive.’ The last thing I said was, ‘Son, I love you,'” Jason Coffman said.