Rye teen dies suddenly, investigation ongoing

By John Brandi
A Marist College student and resident of Rye died at Greenwich Hospital last Saturday night under circumstances yet to be determined.

According to Rye Police, Peter Collins, 18, was at his home on Garden Drive when officers responded within four minutes of receiving a distress call that the teen was unresponsive. Police arrived at the residence at approximately 6 a.m. on the morning of July 26 to find Collins had no heart beat. Emergency medical services attempted to revive him before transporting him to Greenwich Hospital.

“The officers performed CPR [and] he was alive when taken to the hospital,” Rye City Police Commissioner William Pease said. “He passed away while [there]. I don’t have any result as to why yet, but he passed several hours later.”

Collins was pronounced dead at around 7 p.m. The investigation into his death, headed by Det. Robert Chittenden, is ongoing.

Although rumors have been circulating drug use may have played a role in Collins’ death, police said there is no evidence of that at this point.

“[It’s] not visible or apparent of an overdose,” Rye Police Lt. Scott Craig said. “[There’s] no proof about that.”

The Connecticut Medical Examiner’s Office is handling the toxicology report, which is expected to take between four and six weeks.

Collins would have been a sophomore at Marist, a college located in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He was a 2013 graduate of Rye High School, where he played varsity ice hockey.

Rye City Schools Superintendent Dr. Frank Alvarez reacted to Collins’ death.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of this tragedy that involved a Rye High School alumnus and friend to many in the community,” Alvarez said. “On behalf of the district, I extend our sincere condolences to the Collins family.”

This marks the second death in 2014 of a college student from Rye.

Michael Rath, a student at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, was found dead in January in his dorm room by friends.

A call to the investigator in that case, Thom Berry, was not returned as of press time.

Collins’ funeral was held at Resurrection Church on Wednesday morning, after press time.

-With reporting by Alina Suriel

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