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A.I. Prince Tech coach killed in hit and run in Hartford

“The loss of Kendall May is devastating to our school community."

HARTFORD, Conn — A coach for a Hartford high school was fatally struck in a hit-and-run in Hartford on Friday night. 

Police said that just before 6:30 p.m., they were called to the 3300 block of Main St. between Tower Ave. and Rosemont St. for a report of a pedestrian hit by a car. A couple of officers were in the vicinity and were able to respond quickly.

Hartford Lt. Aaron Boisvert confirmed the crash to be fatal. 

Police said the victim was unresponsive and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. He was identified by police on Saturday as Kendall E. May, 56, of Bloomfield.

May was a coach at A.I. Prince Technical High School in Hartford. 

Prince Tech will have a two hour delayed opening for students Monday so the crisis team will be prepared for our students. 

“The loss of Kendall May is devastating to our school community. Affectionately known as Coach May, he was an institution at Prince Tech having served as a coach and educational assistant for over thirty years. In that time span the number of students and student-athletes he impacted is in the thousands.," said A.I. Prince Technical High School Principal Daniel Mello.

"He has been well recognized throughout the state for his successful basketball program at Prince Tech which has regularly been league champions and making the state playoffs. Some of his players have gone on to play in college and I remember seeing Jim Calhoun regularly in our high school gym to successfully scout and recruit players for St. Joseph’s College. "

"However, there is another side of Coach May besides his successful leadership for our basketball and track teams. It’s the side that made his student-athletes go for extra help with math rather that attend practice or the side that provided Saturday morning breakfast for his athletes. He cared for all students and he will be sorely missed as he was the life blood of Prince Tech.” 

City cameras captured the crash. A grey Jeep Cherokee was traveling at a high rate of speed and police are now looking for it. It has Vermont plates with registration KGE457, according to police.

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Police ask that people be on the lookout, and anyone with information should call them at 860-722-TIPS (8477).


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