A coach for the Hartford Hurricanes organization died in a motorcycle crash on Friday night.
Police said the crash happened just after 10 p.m. on I-84 east at exit 55, in East Hartford.
Kamron Redding-Hall, 26, was operating a 2003 Yamaha motorcycle when he tried to travel a left curve by the exit 55 off-ramp.
His motorcycle drifted to the right and struck the guardrail.
Redding-Hall was pronounced dead at Hartford Hospital.
Phil Bryant, president of the Hartford Hurricanes organization, said Redding-Hall has helped coach with the organization for the last five years.
"Hartford has lost a monumental person. Kamron created one-on-one relationships with coaches, kids and parents. He is going to be missed by the Hartford Hurricanes family and the community as a whole,” Bryant said in a statement.
Monday was supposed to be Redding-Hall's first day as head coach of the youth football team known as the Hartford Hurricanes.
"The type of coach that built individual relationships with parents, kids and the community so that was the uniqueness about him," Bryant said in an interview with Eyewitness News.
Redding-Hall wasn't only a mentor to his young athletes, he was also a father of two young boys. Just days ago he celebrated his oldest son's birthday.
"He was just a lively person. He was a man. That's the best way to describe him. Took care of his kids. He worked full-time," Bryant said.
Redding-Hall made a name for himself as a star running back at Weaver High School, and then used football to impact the lives of hundreds of children.
Josh Maddox, 10, said "Coach Kam" taught him a lot about football, but even more about life.
"You have to believe in yourself. He said 'you could do it'," Maddox said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family of Redding-Hall and can be found here.
Also, collections are being taken at Keeney Park in Hartford that will go toward Redding-Hall's family. On Saturday at 10 a.m., the Stop the Violence Jamboree game at Colt Park has been renamed in his memory.
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