Ryan Kiess’ funeral date, time and place have reportedly been set set up by his family. Kiess was one of the five victims in the Quogue crash on Montauk Highway last week. The 25-year-old was killed during the horrific head-on collision and his family is finally ready to lay his body to rest.
According to reports, Ryan Kiess’ funeral service is being held at the Church of Our Savior Lutheran on Northern Boulevard in Manhasset on August 6. The services will begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at around 12:30 p.m. There will be internment from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Nassau Knolls Cemetery at 500 Pt. Washington Boulevard in Port Washington.
Calling hours will be held the day before the funeral service on Thursday, August 5 at Fairchild Sons Funeral Chapel. The funeral home is located at 1570 Northern Boulevard in Manhasset, New York, Kiess hometown. Ryan Kiess’ calling hours begin at 3:00 p.m. and will last about five hours, according to the Fairchild Sons, Inc.
An obituary for the crash victim was posted on the funeral home’s website. It explained that “Ryan lived his entire life in Manhasset NY” before he tragically died. Ryan Kiess is survived by his mother, Nina, and his father, Kurt. He leaves behind his 26-year-old sister, Nicole, and his 22-year-old sister, Kimberly. His obituary also points out that he was “dearly loved by grandparents Klaus & Nancy Kiess and Anna Calace‐Mottola.”
Kiess also leaves behind his girlfriend, Brianna Maglio, who is currently in a coma at Peconic Bay Medical Center. Maglio was the sole survivor of the Hamptons accident on Montauk Highway. She is currently being treated for her injuries but doctors have not commented on her chances of survival.
Ryan Kiess “came into the world as a 9lbs 4oz baby and lived larger than life,” according to his obituary. “At 6 feet 3 inches tall, his presence was known due to his height and beautiful smile.” It said loved his family and was passionate about sports. “He graduated from Manhasset High School in 2014 and played lacrosse, football and ice hockey (Captain).”
“Ryan continued on to play Division III lacrosse at the University of Scranton with his cousin Jack,” the obituary read. “There, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (2018) followed by his Masters in Accountancy (2019).”
Ryan Kiess worked at KPMG and “had just received a promotion” at the firm. The obituary also pointed out that “Ryan was loved by all” but “most importantly by the love of his life, Brianna Maglio, his college sweetheart.” And “although his time with us was too short, he lived a wonderful life of joy, laughter, and love.”
Fairchild Sons Funeral Chapel asked that instead of sending flowers that people donate to Brianna Maglio’s Venmo: @GoFundBM. Donations will help support Maglio’s family and cover the medical bills related to her injuries. According to the obituary, a separate scholarship fund will be established in Ryan’s name for students at Manhasset High School.
Ryan Kiess and four others were killed in the Hamptons crash late last month. Kiess’ friends Michael Farrell and James Farrell also died in the head-on collision, along with their Uber driver, Farhan Zahid from Bay Shore. The driver of the other vehicle, Justin Mendez, was killed in the crash, as well.
According to authorities, Mendez was attempting to flee a police officer when he crossed over the yellow line on Montauk Highway. He reportedly saw the police cruiser and not wanting to get pulled over, sped up. Just as the police officer turned on their overhead lights, the tragic crash occurred.
According to their families, the Uber passengers were making the responsible decision by using a ride-share service. Kurt Kiess, Ryan Kiess’ father, said the group was all celebrating at his new house that night. “It was our first party. All of his friends were in the cottage, playing games and dancing.”
“They helped clean up and then they called an Uber to go dancing,” Kiess explained. “He walked into the living room and got into the car— and that was the last time I saw my son. You see these things on the news and you say, ‘That’s somebody else’ — and then it becomes your family.”