TWINSBURG — More than 60 people came together at the Twinsburg High School parking lot Friday afternoon to offer a tribute to a 19-year-old Reminderville man who was killed the night of Aug. 4 in a two-vehicle crash.
Several friends of Maxfield Ligon, who graduated from Twinsburg High School in 2018 and was attending Kent State, released balloons in his memory, and spoke about him. Words that came up again and again during the memorial were "kind," "nice" and "cheerful."
"Max was genuinely a nice person," said Marissa Simione of Twinsburg before the memorial. She also graduated in 2018. "Regardless of his situation or how he was feeling, he was always happy and cheerful. He was there when he needed to be."
Ligon and Cidney Thomas, 20, of Bedford Heights, were both killed, and two other 19-year-old female passengers were taken to Cleveland Metro Hospital in critical condition, after the vehicle Ligon was driving was struck by a vehicle driven by Michael Kantos, 58. Kantos had been driving the wrong way on Interstate 90 east at the exit ramp to West 25th Street headed west. Ligon, Thomas and the women had spent the day at Cedar Point.
According to the Cleveland Police Department, Kantos also was killed in the crash.
Matthew Senviski of Twinsburg said that Ligon's sudden death "hits close to home with us."
"We all think, 'This can't happen to us,' and when something like this does happen to someone you know, it just hurts," Senvinski said.
Faron Bouldin, who also graduated in 2018 from Twinsburg High School, said Ligon "was just like my brother."
"He was just a good dude," Bouldin said. "We fell out of touch after I had moved to Georgia, but we reconnected after I moved back here about three years ago. I will miss him."
Dominic Pruitt of Twinsburg said he remembered talking to Ligon a few times.
"I understood he was a great guy," Pruitt said. "We are praying for his family."
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