Boy, his dog, fatally struck by car in Westland

Nicquel Terry
The Detroit News

Westland — Gage Carter lost his life trying to save his best friend.

The 10-year-old chased his dog, who had gotten loose, into traffic near the intersection of Wayne Road and Melton Street on Saturday evening when they both were struck by a truck, family members say.

Both died of their injuries.

Now Gage’s family and friends are left devastated by the tragic turn of events. They’ve set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral. By Sunday evening, the page had raised more than $12,800 of an $11,000 goal.

“The family is going to need us all to pull together and help them through this very hard time,” the appeal says. “Gage being only 10 years old did not have any life insurance.”

Police say a 69-year-old driver struck Gage at about 7 p.m. Saturday. The youngster was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The driver was not injured and had not been charged in the accident. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor, authorities say.

Meanwhile, the GoFundMe page shows several pictures of Gage with loved ones, including a photo of him holding a dog on a couch, cuddling with a dog in a way that suggests a close bond.

“Tonight God took another angel way too soon,” the page says.

Attempts by The Detroit News to contact Gage’s mother and other family members were unsuccessful.

Several donors left comments on the GoFundMe page in support of the family.

“I can’t even begin to imagine what this family is suffering through tonight,” Lisa Garcia-Kubany wrote. “I'm so sorry to hear this story. I am sending prayers and love to Gage’s whole world.”

“He would Love this outpouring for him,” Lorri Early wrote. “God Bless you all!”

Another called Gage a brave and loving hero.

“I know ‘The Rainbow Bridge’ will light the way on their new path together. Our prayers to the family as they move through this loss,” wrote Duchess & Don Converse.