A family is mourning after their 25-year-old son was killed in a road rage accident on Thursday.
Kevin mayo was riding his motorcycle when he was forced off of the I-5 northbound near mile post 27.
He sustained injuries that ultimately took his life, leaving his family heartbroken and a stranger forever changed.
Kevin Mayo owned the Mayo Denture Center in Ashland along with his brother, Chris Mayo.
He had dreams to build motorcycles, open a tattoo shop and become a pilot.
He was an army veteran, Denturist and motorcycle enthusiast. His family described him as a dare devil with a tender heart, infectious laugh, and the ability to accomplish anything he put his mind to.
"We could all go on and just talk about how he touched people and how people meant something to him no matter what," said Debbie Mayo, Kevin's mother. "He was just so good-hearted."
The second oldest of five siblings, they say he was a protector. Now, his absence has left a hole in the family.
"Let me tell you, I call Kevin's cell phone everyday just to hear his voice," said Chris Mayo, Kevin's father.
It's a voice that Cody Meracle wanted to save after he saw the accident happen. He says it's a day he will never forget.
"Nothing will ever prepare you, I don't care who you are," said Meracle. "There will be nothing to ever prepare you to see something like that. "
When Meracle witnessed Kevin's crash, he stopped his car in an act of pure instinct.
"My main goal is I wanted to help him. I didn't care what it took. I wanted to help him."
Meracle, along with another passerby, ran to Mayo and reassured him until emergency crews arrived.
They held his hand and told him everything would be okay.
"Ultimately, you know I wish that were the case," said Meracle. "I wished that everything was going to be okay."
In the days following the accident, Mayo's family heard about the man who comforted their son.
Eventually, they found a way to contact Meracle to thank him for being there with Kevin during the last moments of his life.
"I just wanted to tell them thank you," said Kevin's father. "I was unable to be there and provide him comfort. And they did."
His family says if Kevin could say anything now, he wouldn't want people to be sad. He would want them to live boldly and do the things they love.
"I love him, and I'm so very very proud of the man he was," said Kismet Mayo, Kevin's step-mother.
Kevin's family is holding a memorial service at Living Waters Foursquare Church in Brookings at 3 p.m. on Saturday. There will also be a gathering after the service at Catalyst Seafood.
Both are open to the public.
If you would like to help the family by donating to funeral costs, you can contribute to their GoFundMe account.
The Mayo Denture Center in Ashland will continue to operate under Kevin's brother. A trust has been set up under the name of Christopher S. Mayo to help the business during this difficult time.
You can donate by visiting any Rogue Federal Credit Union location.