Max Muessig, 20, and his girlfriend Maggie Potter, 23, were tragically killed this weekend when a gust of wind caused a tree to fall on top of their car.
Muessig and his girlfriend were driving to his mother’s home in Midland, Michigan on Wednesday afternoon in the middle of a storm with wind speeds that reached 70 miles per hour. Muessig and Potter were driving through Freeman, Michigan when the wind caused a large tree to fall through the roof of Muessig’s car. Police say the two were killed instantly.
Muessig and Potter met at the University of Vermont, however Muessig recently transferred to Michigan State University to be closer to his family after the death of his grandfather.
While driving his Mini Cooper east on M-115 through Clare County’s Freeman Township, near the border between Clare and Osceola counties, the strong winds blew over a large tree that fell on the roof of the moving vehicle. Mark Muessig said the impact killed the couple instantly.
Michigan State Police troopers from the Mount Pleasant Post responded to the crash site at 4:25 p.m. Medical personnel pronounced Muessig and Potter dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.
The couple planned to spend time at Muessig’s family cabin in Luzerne over the weekend before the 20-year-old would take his girlfriend to the airport and she would fly back to Boston, where she was pursing a career in event planning. Instead, parents of the couple are now planning funerals for their children.
Muessig, a 2015 Midland Dow High School graduate, was a political science major who transferred to Michigan State for the fall 2016 semester. He had aspirations of becoming a lawyer and getting involved in politics.
Potter graduated from the University of Vermont last spring with a degree in psychology and a minor in Spanish. After graduation, Potter interned with an event planning firm in Rhode Island. She then moved up to Boston with a friend to further her career in event planning.