Just as they should be getting excited about their upcoming graduations, students at Arlington High School are mourning the loss of one of their fellow classmates, Ryan Mucci, who died Wednesday from injuries sustained in a car crash.
They also are hoping that the driver of the car, 17-year-old Dillon F. Colon, also a senior at the school, will recover from his critical injuries.
According to AHS Executive Principal, Paul Fanuele, Mucci was as “fun-loving young man with a good sense of humor.”
He planned to attend Dutchess Community College in the fall.
Dr. Brendan Lyons, Superintendent of Schools expressed condolences on behalf of the school district: “The Arlington community is deeply saddened by this tragedy. We offer our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Ryan Mucci. We will continue to keep Dillon Colon in our thoughts and prayers.”
Arlington High School personnel have been in touch with both the Mucci and Colon families and will continue to offer support to both, he added.
Arlington High School held a moment of silence for Mucci at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday. School counselors, social workers, and psychologists assisted students throughout the day. Counseling support was available until 9 p.m. in the Arlington High School central house offices for any students, faculty or staff, or community members who needed support, the superintendent said.
He is reminding parents and students there are additional resources available on the district website, www.arlingtonschools.org on dealing with loss and grief.
The district advises that situations like this can sometimes bring up feelings from past events and parents are encouraged to call their child’s school if their child needs additional support, he said.
Witnesses to the single-vehicle crash that occurred around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in LaGrange in the area of 60 Todd Hill Road are asked to contact the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 845-677-7300.
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