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.”

Jo-Ann Albano November 05, 2012 at 12:44 PM
So sad. Too young. What a great contribution he made to the town of East Granby as well as too so many individual youths. Our prayers are with his family at this time of grief and loss.
teresa hoff November 05, 2012 at 11:30 PM
consequences to crazy driving. maybe someone will be able to learn from his bad choice.
Andrew November 06, 2012 at 12:02 AM
How inconsiderate to make this comment.
NM November 06, 2012 at 12:32 AM
How dare you leave such an inconsiderate comment. He was one of the nicest guys with the best family and deserves to be praised for his remarkable life. Rest in peace Chris, we'll miss you so much.
teresa hoff November 06, 2012 at 03:44 AM
it was his driving and his choice. ok, lets just ignore the speed he was driving and the police report regarding that and say it doesn't matter. My son went to school with him and he said he was a good guy. My comment before did not say he wasn't a wonderful person. Unfortunately he made a choice to drive a vehicle in a way that caused him and others harm. Its reality and what happened. If you want to just ignore that because he passed away that is your choice. I look at it as a selfish move that he would put those that loved him and cared for him in this position when it did not have to be that way. As I said earlier maybe the kids he coached will learn more from this than any soccer game can teach them, and then again if people ignore reality maybe they won't. The man died tragically, do we try to take something good from it or just have it be another terrible statistic and not learn from a bad choice?
NM November 06, 2012 at 04:27 PM
You are an insensitive person, that's the short of it. In your previous comment, you didn't comment on how he was a wonderful person or how you wished he could rest in peace, but instead you made snide remark. You truly must hate the life you are living, if you can't have any compassion for a human being lost in any manner. Think before you post, Teresa Hoff. What if his grieving parents read this? What if his only sister reads this? I cannot get over how horrible these statements you're making are. Sure, take something good from it and make sure you drive safely, but HOW DARE YOU not first remark on the loss our community is facing. It is not fair for you to post comments like those because your words can hurt people like me, who are trying to grieve from the loss of Chris. Instead of trying to make other's grieving harder, maybe you should be spending that time with your son. Because you know if this article was about him, you would be beyond mad if someone so cruelly posted what you have. Thank you very much for making me realize how horrible some people are, and how it's not fair that the great people in our world, like Chris, have to die.
joe November 06, 2012 at 06:45 PM
First of all I want to say it was my pleasure to know this guy. I enjoyed his "take no prisoners" way and more into being right than PC which most coaches are these days. Coaches jobs are to help boys become men, not sit around with clip boards and play it safe. I am sure most, if not all of the EG soccer players will remember this guy for what he gave them. They all might not know it now, but down the line they will. Lessons learned in ones youth don't become important til a person ages and gathers wisdom. This guy will be a coach a player remembers. EG might of lost games but with Chris they were never beaten, he gave 100% and tried to get that from his players. My son played for him in a summer league and played hard for him. He seemed to know how to get the most out of the kids. I always wished he would return to Granby to coach. My sympathy goes out to his family in their loss, and also to all the players in EG.
SB November 08, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I have to agree with NM on this one. With all due respect, none of us were in the car with Chris. There is no question that Chris was speeding, but did you stop to consider that Chris may have fallen asleep at the wheel, and ended up with his head on the steering wheel and his foot pressed even more heavily on the excelerator, causing his car to go faster and faster with no one steering it. To assume that Chris was intentionally speeding is an unfair assumption. I worked with Chris and NYSC in White Plains for 2+ years and he was not the kind of person who would knowingly put anyone else in danger so to assume that is what he did is unfair. Rest in peace Chris.
Andrew November 09, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Teresa, this is not a "teaching moment." Regardless of what you did or didn't say your comment was ill-timed and did not serve the purpose you were intending. Also your delivery could use a little work too. The fact is that the world is now short of a great guy, coach, friend and overall person. If you knew Chris you would know that he was not typically the one to take chances like this unless it was an accident. Have a little tact next time and respect for the friends and family of CB. Also, swallow your pride and admit you probably shouldn't have said what you did. That is what a good person would do.
H. November 10, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Were you there? You have no idea what happened. Maybe he got cut off by another car, maybe he fell asleep. You have no right to say anything. I wish people would think before making foolish comments.
PC November 10, 2012 at 07:56 PM
How ignorant can you be to write something like that? Your statement is inappropriate and hurtful to Chris's friends and family. You're an embarrassment to yourself and your poor son. No one asked for your unprofessional opinion.
Foomax November 11, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Classy move of the Granby team attending the EG state game in honor of coach Pettee. So sad seeing the faces of these young men.
Emily November 21, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Very well said Andrew.
Emily November 21, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Teresa, I appreciate that we live in a country where everyone is free to speak their mind but given that right, I wish more people would really stop and think about what they're saying. Your coice of words above are hurtful to family, friends, and the work community that all loved CB. It's a shame you aren't able to be more sensitive to the situation during a time where so many people are grieving such a tragic loss. I hope someone will be able to learn from your bad choice and think twice about making an insensitive comment about a situation you know very little about. The phrase 'keep your comments to yourself' is an adage I think you should remember.


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