Southold HS freshman, 14, dies after collapse at event
A Southold High School freshman died Wednesday night -- five days after suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing during an upstate sporting event, family members said Thursday.
Family members and school officials described the 14-year-old boy as kind, caring and a gifted student and athlete.
Ronan Guyer collapsed Nov. 9 while warming up for a race at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association cross-country championships in Elma, about 15 miles from Buffalo, according to his uncle, Ed Plaia, of East Moriches.
Guyer slipped on a patch of mud and hit the ground hard with his chest, Plaia said.
The teen spent days in a medically induced coma at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. Plaia said Guyer didn't have a history of heart problems.
He described Guyer, an honor student, as an avid snowboarder, skier and sailor. "He was awesome . . . every father's dream," Plaia said.
"This was a dynamite kid," said Lisa Plaia, the boy's aunt. "It is unbearable, this kind of loss."
The teen's parents, Stephen and Lori Guyer, of Southold, have two other children.
"Ronan was a genuinely kind, caring and compassionate person who was well-liked by students and staff," David Gamberg, superintendent of the Southold school district, said Thursday in a statement. "He was devoted to his studies and excelled academically."
"The district is truly saddened by this terribly tragic news, and Ronan will truly be missed," he said.
A crisis-intervention team was contacted after the teen's death, and support services will be available to students and staff, the superintendent said.
Services will be held Monday and Tuesday at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck.