COLUMBIA, Conn. (WTNH)– The two people killed in a car crash in Columbia Friday were students at UConn.
UConn has identified them as Alana Ferrante and Ryan Meegan. The two were killed following an accident involving a car and a tractor trailer on Rt. 66 at West Street around 4:11 p.m.
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Another UConn student was also seriously injured in the crash. Their condition is unknown at this time.
UConn released the following statement regarding the incident:
It is with deep sadness that we confirm that the two people who lost their lives Friday in a collision in Columbia were members of the UConn community.
Alana Ferrante and Ryan Meegan, both of whom were sophomores, epitomized the very best of UConn. Our deepest sympathies go out to their friends and families. We hope they receive a measure of comfort in knowing Ryan and Alana were held in the highest regard by all who knew them here on campus.
Alana, a pre-kinesiology major, was a recent transfer from Central Connecticut State University. Ryan was a pre-teaching major who also was a mentor in UConn’s First Year Experience (FYE) program, and was involved in competitive soccer and rugby groups on campus.
We also extend our support and concern for a third UConn student who was injured in the same collision. While we cannot discuss specifics of the individual’s condition out of respect for the student’s privacy, the University is united in its hope for a swift and full recovery.
As in all such cases, UConn immediately reached out to friends and others on campus who knew Alana and Ryan, and encourage anyone who needs assistance to contact Counseling and Mental Health Services for confidential help in dealing with this difficult news. A team of professionals from throughout the University are discussing ways to help our students, faculty and staff, and others in whatever ways may be necessary.