East Granby Soccer Coach Chris Pettee, 29, Dies in Car Crash

Pettee of Harrison, NY, was killed Sunday morning in an accident on I-684, according to Newsday


New York State Police reported Sunday that Chris Pettee, the head coach of the East Granby boys soccer team, was killed in a car crash on I-684 near Mount Kisco, NY, according to Newsday.

Newsday said Pettee, 29, of Harrison, NY, was traveling south in a 2008 Nissan Maxima at a high speed. Police told Newsday that Pettee rear-ended a 2011 Nissan Altima and lost control of the car, swerving into the woods. He was ejected from the car.

According to The Hartford Courant, Pettee played soccer at Granby High School and this was his fourth year coaching soccer in East Granby, which is scheduled to play this week in the Class S tournament.

The Courant also said that Pettee was living in Harrison, NY, and commuting to his coaching job in East Granby because he had been promoted from a job at New York Sports Club in West Hartford to another one at the White Plains Club.

The Crusaders lost last year's Class S Tournament to Litchfield, after which Pettee told Granby-East Granby Patch: “I’ve had them for four years and they’re very good guys who just played really hard,” Pettee said. “They do everything you possibly could ask of them. I feel bad that we just fell a little short. The great news is, we’ve got a chance to do even better next year. This one stings, but I can’t help but be proud of what these guys have accomplished all season long.”

tamika reid November 07, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Nice working with him in NYSC white Plains. Ill miss seeing his smile and teasing him about how handsome he was. Prayers to his family.
Ronnie November 09, 2012 at 07:02 AM
I hate to say this because this is a terrible tragedy, but it sounds to me like he was going too fast and probably racing that other car. We have to start educating young people that this kind of driving is dangerous. It is mostly young men that do this and they are a menace on the highways. I am sure he was a nice guy but even nice decent guys are doing this and something has to change because lives are being lost.
teresa hoff November 10, 2012 at 02:21 AM
amen Ronnie.
Emily November 21, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Ronnie, as a long time friend of Chris this was a terrible loss to his family, friends, and work community. It's hard not to be sensitive to your comment as it is strictly judgmental in a situation where you were not involved or do not know all of the facts. There is nothing in the above article to discern that he may have been racing another car, nor was he ever known to do so. I don't think it's fair to assume that that could have been the cause, and frankly, it is disrespectful to do so in a public forum where people are grieving over a horrific loss. I understand and appreciate that we live in a country where people have a right to say whatever they'd like, but in sad times like these, the last things friends and family want to hear or read are people negatively weighing in on a situation that is so tragic.
Ronnie November 22, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Emily, this is a public forum for a local newspaper and everyone is entitled to give their opinions here. If this were a private page owned and run by his family for the purposes of grieving, perhaps I would agree with you that it is "disrespectful", but it is not. This young man's death should be a wake up call to others. I think it does a service to others reading this page to discuss the possible causes of his death rather than be in denial over them. Even if only one person reading this page sees what I wrote and makes the connection between driving too fast and ending up dead, it might help toward preventing their choice to drive irresponsibly in the future and endangering their lives as a result. I personally think this makes it worth risking possibly "disrespecting" some people in the process.


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