Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/27/21 – Staff Report
Four lacrosse players – including former Penn captain James Farrell – were victims of a fatal car crash on Long Island’s Hamptons Saturday night, according to multiple media reports.
According to reports, Farrell, the captain of the Quakers’ 2018 squad, his brother Michael Farrell, and Scranton alum Ryan Kiess died when the uber car they were driving in was part of a head-on crash on Montauk Highway. The driver, Farhan Zahid, was also killed, according to the reports.
Former Scranton lacrosse player Brianna Maglio is currently hospitalized and remains in critical condition, the reports have said.
The four had attended a celebration at Kiess’ parents’ new beach home in Remsenburg on Saturday.
“This is an unthinkable tragedy both personally and professionally for me,” Manhasset Secondary School Principal Dean Schlanger said in a statement published by ABC7 News. “I had the pleasure of knowing Michael, James and Ryan, as well as their families, while students from 7th-12th grades and beyond. These boys come from beloved families who are extremely connected and valued members of our community. All three of them were fun, bright and well-rounded gentlemen both on and off the playing field and will leave a profound and positive impact on our school community. I am truly saddened over their losses and send my most sincere condolences to their families, friends, and loved ones.”
Farrell played four years at Penn. His brother, Michael, played at Manhasset. Kiess played three seasons as a defenseman at Scranton.