Ronan Guyer, Southold Freshmen, Dies at Age 14

Teen dies five days after collapsing at a state cross country meet.

Ronan Guyer, a Southold freshman, died Wednesday evening after suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing this past Friday during a warm-up before the New York State Public High School Athletic Association cross country championships in Elma.

Ed and Lisa Plaia made the announcement on behalf of Ronan’s parents Wednesday evening.

Ronan survived five days in a medically induced coma at the Womens and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo after being revived from cardiac arrest. The active student-athlete had been familiarizing himself with the cross country course before the race when he slipped on a patch of mud, hitting the ground very hard with his chest, Lisa Plaia said, adding that Ronan did not have any history of heart problems.

“Ronan played tennis, lacrosse, and he loved sailing. He was running cross country this year to stay in shape for sailing.”

“We are a family of faith, and we appreciate everyone’s prayers for Ronan,” Lisa Plaia told Patch earlier on Wednesday.

Funeral services will take place Monday and Tuesday at DeFriest Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck, with visiting hours from 4 to 8 p.m.

Douglas von Reth November 15, 2012 at 04:35 AM
I am so so sorry for your loss. It is such a tragedy.
Carol November 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM
We are all so sorry for the loss of Ronan, he was a wonderful young man and will be sorely missed by all. Love and hugs to the family dealing with this sudden loss of their precious son.
JOMAC November 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Our prayers are offered for Ronan and his family and friends... Godspeed, Ronan
Todd Miller November 15, 2012 at 01:46 PM
This is so tragic and our deepest sympathies and prayers go to Ronan's family. A question that comes to mind in the aftermath of this is was there an AED at the scene? If there was not, this is possibly a tragic incident that could have been prevented. Please see the attached website, http://www.la12.org/, for more information on what can be done to educate our communities. Being a member of both the Northport and Southold communities I have felt the repurcussions of this type of tragedy twice. We need to push education and awareness on AED usage so we can eradicate this from happening whenver possible. The Acompora family have done an amazing job at this in Northport and around the NY state so we should leverage their expertise and generosity.
Chrissy Zimmer-Smith November 15, 2012 at 03:21 PM
It's such a terrible tragedy. My prayers and thoughts are with his family. Very very sad
local resident November 15, 2012 at 04:39 PM
It was extremely tragic and freakish accident. Those of us with children who run track and xc are stunned because running has always seemed to be a "safe" sport. We mourn the loss of Ronan and grieve for his family. Please keep in mind that the accident happened on a cross country course ( 3.1 miles) far from the start/finish point. The path went through a golf course and the runners were learning the route for the race the next day, so most were unfamiliar with it. His fellow runners needed to cover/run quite a distance to get help so much time and energy was expended and lost in reaching assistance. Most xc runners do not run with their cell phones so calling for help was not an option. Prayers to the family and friends and with much sympathy.
Jeff Goubeaud November 15, 2012 at 11:36 PM
My prayers and thoughts are with you and Ronan.......
Jeff Reis November 16, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Best wishes from a parent who lost his son, also a Long Island resident, this past year at the age of 14 (cancer). Many your fond memories help you deal with this tragedy, I can see that Ronan was a special boy like my son Spencer.
Chris Rimes November 17, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you from the Mount Academy cross country team. We ran against you in the state meet unaware of the need you were in. Seeing the news of your loss was a shock to us, and we stand together with you and wish you courage.


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