CLEVELAND — A 19-year-old Reminderville man, a Twinsburg High School graduate, was killed late Sunday night after a 58-year-old man driving the wrong way on Interstate 90 crashed into a 2016 black Toyota Corolla the Reminderville man was driving after spending the day at Cedar Point.
According to the Cleveland Police Department, at about 11:54 p.m. Michael Kantos, 58, was driving a 2012 maroon Honda Civic on Interstate 90 east at the exit ramp to West 25th Street headed west. Kantos, 58, collided with the Civic, which was being driven by Maxfield Ligon, 19, of Reminderville.
Cleveland police said Kantos was killed in the crash.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Ligon had died in the accident., along with a 20-year-old female passenger, Cidney Thomas of Bedford Heights.
Two other female passengers, both 19, are hospitalized at Cleveland Metro Hospital and in critical condition, police said Monday. Further information on their condition was not immediately available.
In a statement sent out Monday to the school district community, Twinsburg City Schools Superintendent Kathryn Powers said Ligon, a 2018 Twinsburg High School graduate, was returning after spending the day with friends at Cedar Point.
"It is very difficult for all of us to face the death of a young person, especially one who is part of our Tiger family," wrote Powers. "Mrs. Ligon told me how excited Max was to be returning to his studies at Kent State University this fall. The depth of the Ligon family’s sadness is unimaginable."
Powers said Beech Brook counselors and school counselors and psychologists would be on hand at the high school Tuesday to offer support and counseling to students, staff and parents.
"I know you join me in extending heartfelt sympathy to Max’s parents, Scott & Laura Ligon and to Max’s brother Sam who is also a graduate of Twinsburg High School, Class of 2015," wrote Powers. "When we receive word regarding funeral arrangements, I will share the information with you.
"Please keep the Ligon family close in thought during this very difficult time."