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James Penman, Somerset area chiropractor, dead following Thursday accident

The death of a Somerset man following a car crash in St. Paul Thursday evening is being blamed on a medical condition.

Dr. James Penman, 67, was identified by the State Patrol as the driver of a car that ran out of control on eastbound Hwy. 36 near McKnight Road in North St. Paul. Witnesses said his 2002 Ford Taurus ran onto the shoulder then came back across two lanes of traffic before becoming entangled in a cable barrier.

Penman, a chiropractor who has practiced since 1974, is a native of Hudson, and graduate of UW-River Falls and Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington, Minn.

He was active in the community, according to information on his clinic web site, using his teaching skills to educate both the young and the elderly. A life member of the St. Croix Valley Rod and Gun Club and a firearm safety instructor for over 30 years, he previously taught hunter safety in Stillwater and continued to teach in Somerset.

Penman was in his church, Living Word Chapel in Forest, presently serving a third term as deacon, the web site states.

The father of seven children, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, he is survived by his wife, Kath; children; and extended family.

Arrangements are pending with the O'Connell Family Funeral Home & Countryside Crematory, in Hudson.