2017-03-16 / News

Soulmates tragically killed in freak accident


Jamestowner Maggie Potter and her boyfriend, Max Muessig, were college sweethearts. They were both in their mid-20s when a tree fell on his car last week killing them instantly. These photos are from Potter’s Facebook account. Jamestowner Maggie Potter and her boyfriend, Max Muessig, were college sweethearts. They were both in their mid-20s when a tree fell on his car last week killing them instantly. These photos are from Potter’s Facebook account. A 23-year-old Jamestown woman was killed instantly after wind toppled a tree onto her boyfriend’s Mini Cooper while driving in Michigan.

Maggie Potter, 23, was killed along with her boyfriend, Max Muessig, 20, while driving to his mother’s home for dinner. The couple was pronounced dead on the scene in Freeman Township, about 190 miles northwest of Detroit, police said.

Potter is a Rhode Island native who attended high school at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. She met Muessig while studying at the University of Vermont, where she earned a degree in psychology in spring 2016.

Although Muessig transferred back home to Michigan State University following his grandfather’s death in December 2015, the couple pursued a long-distance relationship, flying back and forth to be with each other for holidays. At the time of the accident, Muessig was on spring break and the college sweethearts were planning to spend some time at his family’s cabin in Luzerne.

While Muessig was working toward graduating with a degree in political science, Potter was in Boston pursuing a career in event planning, especially weddings, which she considered her dream job.

“Maggie truly believed there was magic in a wedding,” Ted Potter, Maggie’s father, told MLive.com. “Weddings made her believe in real-life fairy tales. Maggie loved being a part of that magic. It gave her one of the most rewarding feelings in the world.”

Along with her father, Maggie Potter is survived by her mother, Penelope, and her 25-year-old brother, Gus.

“Maggie was fortunate at such an early stage in life to have found her soulmate,” Ted Potter told MLive.com about Muessig. “They shared many core values and were looking forward to a promising future together.”

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