An excerpt from the To the Maximus! foundation:
On June 14, 2011, Max Dobner’s mom, Karen, got the call that no mom wants to get. The mother of three young men was at a friend’s house when the shattering, life-altering message arrived:
“Your son was in an accident, and he did not survive.”
Max, usually a cautious and responsible person, had entered a local tobacco shop with a friend. There they purchased a legal substance, a synthetic drug marketed and sold as potpourri but smoked by teens. The substance can cause frightening results, including rapid heartbeats, paranoid panic attacks, and hallucinations. Shortly after using this substance, Max got into a car, drove at speeds approaching 100 mph, and ultimately barreled through an intersection, hit a wall, went airborne, and crashed into a house. Max suffered a blunt force trauma to the head and died, leaving behind a devastated family, large circle of friends, and bright future. Max had hoped to study psychology and make a positive impact on the world around him, continuing his service to others.