Students in East Granby are mourning the loss of a soccer coach that was killed in a crash in New York.
Chris Pettee, 29, was killed when his vehicle hit another car on Interstate 684 in Armonk, near the Connecticut border Sunday morning.
Police said Pettee was wearing a seatbelt, but was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.
Police said speed may be a factor, but the crash remains under investigation.
"He was a good man," said senior Tyler Fricke. "He had a lot of heart for this team. He always kept everything positive with us. He cared about each an every one of us."
Pettee, who was in his fourth year at East Granby High School, was forced to move to the New York City suburbs for his full-time job. However, he continued to commute to East Granby to coach.
"Once he told us he was going to New York, we figured oh he's done he's not gonna coach us anymore," said senior Noah Fersch. "But he makes a trip three-four times a week, three hours there and back, to coach us, because he loves us that much."
Pettee is credited with turning the program around and reaching the playoffs each of his four years.
"It's going to be a lot harder playing without him obviously," said Captain Andrew Nigro. "But if he was here he'd obviously want us to push through and win."
The playoff game for East Granby is Thursday, but it has been pushed back to Friday to allow the team to attend Pettee's funeral.
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Monday, September 15 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-09-15 17:00:00 GMT
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