RIDGEFIELD -- The Ridgefield community is mourning the loss of three young adults after two tragic accidents over the weekend.
Cathryn “Carey” Depuy and Ryan Adams, both of Ridgefield, died Sunday afternoon in a plane crash after taking off from Hamilton Municipal Airport in New York. The Cessna single-engine plane crashed in a wooded area more than a half-mile off Old County Road in Morrisville. Both were freshmen at Colgate University.
Depuy graduated from Ridgefield High School in May of 2015. Adams, also part of the class of 2015, graduated from St. Luke's in New Canaan.
The head of school for St. Luke's, Mark Davis, remembered Adams as deeply loyal and optimistic. "Remarkably, he ran for president of the middle school for student council and won after being here three months," Davis said.
Ridgefield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Karen Baldwin released the following statement on the loss of the teens:
The Ridgefield Public Schools is mourning the loss of three young people who passed away tragically in accidents over the weekend. Ryan Meegan, class of 2014, was killed in a car accident on Friday, and Cathryn Depuy, class of 2015, and Ryan Adams died in a plane crash on Sunday in upstate New York. On behalf of the entire Ridgefield school community, the district extends its deepest sympathies to the families of these fine young people. Out of respect for the privacy of the families at this very difficult time, the district will not make further comment about the passing of the students.
The school district is partnering with community-based agencies to provide counseling support and resources to our high school students and families.
Friday evening, Ryan Meegan, 19, Ridgefield High class of 2014 was killed in car accident. He was in his sophomore year at UConn. Alana Ferrante, 19, of South Windsor, also a sophomore at UConn, was also killed in that crash.
Meegan was a pre-teaching major. He was also a mentor in UConn's First Year Experience Program, as well as a competitive soccer and rugby player. Ferrante was a pre-kinesiology major and a transfer from Central Connecticut State University.
Ridgefield High School graduate Will Janace played sports with Meegan and Adams.
"They were just good kids. They were always smiling, you know. I never saw them get into conflict with anyone while playing sports," Janace said.
UConn, Colgate and Ridgefield Public Schools are all providing counseling services to any students who seek them.