Skate Park memorial honors Central Point man who died in fiery crash
Community members gathered for a memorial Sunday evening at the Grants Pass Skate Park to honor Kevin "Kev" Majoros, a Central Point resident who died in a crash on Rogue River highway ending in flames.
Oregon State Police said Majoros, 24, was driving down HWY 99 when he crashed into Birdseye Creek and died in the fiery crash.
"It's, you know, a big tragedy," Gary Nelson, who was a friend of Majoros, said.
"I was pretty torn up about it," another friend Nate Provost said. "He hit a barrier and then he flew like 40 feet down in the bank and truck had caught fire and he wasn't able to get out."
As a regular at the Grants Pass Skate Park, his friends have planned a memorial to honor him.
"It's a great thing when everyone comes together," Nelson said. "It's really bad, in light of recent events, but it's really cool that everyone's gonna be here in his memory."
Expecting almost 100 people to show up, they said the size of the crowd displays the impact Majoros made on the community.
"He touched a lot of people, you know, for that many people to come out is just amazing," Provost said.
Originally from Hungary and living away from his loved ones, his friends said the local community of skaters and bikers had become a family for him.
"Just like any extracurricular activity, the people you meet, you get to know them, talk to them, they do become important to you," Nelson said.
Receiving a text message from him right before the crash, Provost said he wants others to live every day like it's their last.
"I was kind of just sad," Provost said. "Because I could have skated one last time with them and I didn't."
Organizers said the memorial and barbecue will continue until sundown on Sunday. They are inviting anyone, whether they knew Majoros or not, to come and honor his memory.