RIDGEFIELD, CONNECTICUT — The son of a prominent Columbia County attorney and a rising star in the financial world died Thursday in an automobile accident.
Carl Whitbeck, 43, of Ridgefield, was killed in a crash on Branchville Road in Ridgefield, Capt. Shawn Platt of the Ridgefield Police Department said Friday.
Whitbeck was driving east on Branchville Road when his car crossed over into the westbound lane. The car left the road and struck an embankment before coming to rest, Platt said.
At about 1:59 a.m., fire and rescue crews responded to the scene on Route 102.
Whitbeck was taken to Danbury Hospital for evaluation of his injuries and was later pronounced dead, Platt said.
Whitbeck, who was known as “Pepper,” was the global head of High Yield and US Active Fixed Income at Axa Investment Managers in Greenwich, Connecticut, according to the company.
“The thoughts of Axa IM’s Management Board and employees go out to Pepper’s family and loved ones,” a spokesperson for Axa IM said in a statement Friday. “The company has offered its full support to his family, his team and closest colleagues.”
Whitbeck had been with Axa Investment Managers since 2002 and had been heavily involved in developing the company’s high-yield capabilities over the past 19 years, the company said.
“During his 19 years at Axa IM, Pepper built a strong team of experienced, high-yield investment professionals. Pepper’s guiding philosophy was that portfolios should be managed through a team-based approach,” according to the company.
Whitbeck was born April 18, 1978, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. He attended Albany Academy and Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He lived in Hudson.
He leaves behind a wife and three children. Funeral arrangements were not immediately made public.
Whitbeck’s father, Carl G. Whitbeck Jr., is well known throughout Columbia County, with many years of experience in advising municipal, corporate and nonprofit clients.
Whitbeck acted as corporation counsel to the City of Hudson from 1980 to 1999, and again from 2014 to 2016. He was town attorney for the Town of Greenport from 1986 to 1995, and again from 2016 to 2017, and as Columbia County Attorney from 1988 to 1989. He represented the New York State Bridge Authority from 1994 to 2020. He also served on the board of directors at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
Whitbeck is a partner at Whitbeck Benedict & Smith LLP in Hudson.