Standout athlete dies

PHOTO PROVIDEDPeru’s Dalton Criss (top) wrestles AuSable Valley’s Dylan Goodrow during a meet last year in Peru. Criss died Tuesday following a car accident Monday night in which his mother was critically injured.

PLATTSBURGH — A recent Peru High School graduate and standout athlete died Tuesday night after being involved in a serious car accident Monday night.

According to a message shared by SUNY Plattsburgh with its campus community, Dalton Criss died Tuesday night.

Criss is the son of Dexter L. Criss, SUNY Plattsburgh chemistry professor and artistic director of the Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir.

Dexter Criss’ wife, Barbara, who was also involved in the Route 3 crash west of Plattsburgh, was listed in critical condition Tuesday night, according to a nursing supervisor at University of Vermont Healthcare in Burlington, Vt.

No details of the accident were available Tuesday night.

Dalton Criss graduated from Peru in June.

He was a standout football player and wrestler for the Indians, serving as football captain his senior year.

“He was the heart and soul of our team,” said Ryon O’Connell, who coached Criss at Peru.

“He was a leader on and off the field. His smile always lit up the room. His enthusiasm and happy attitude would brighten anybody’s day.”

In wrestling, Criss won the Section VII title in the 285-pound class as a junior and senior.

Criss was a key contributor to the Indians 2019 team sectional championship.

He was set to start classes at SUNY Plattsburgh next Monday, according to the message from Josee Larochelle, chief administrative officer-in-charge at the college.

“We hold Dexter, the Criss family, the Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir he leads, and others close to the family in our thoughts at such a difficult time. The Criss’ daughter, Danielle, is a SUNY Plattsburgh student. We are broken by this news,” she wrote.

Employees of the college were offered support from the Employee Assistance Program by calling 518-564-3277.

Students were offered support as well by calling the Counseling Center at 564-3086. Students could also walk into the center office after classes begin to make an appointment.

“We stand by the Criss family during this time and will advise the wider campus community of such opportunities as they are available,” Larochelle’s message to the campus said.

Staff Writer at Press-Republican since November of 1985. Has covered just about all beats at the paper, including sports.Currently covers government and politics. Graduated from Plattsburgh State in 1985. Originally from Rochester, NY.

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