A 10-year-old Michigan boy is dead after he tried to save his beloved dog from being hit by traffic.
Gage Carter, of Westland, was reportedly struck by a car on Oct. 8 around 7 p.m. when he ran into a busy road trying to catch his dog Stitch, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Gage was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Stitch also died in the accident.
Police are still investigating the crash, but said that it's not suspected that drugs or alcohol were involved. The driver, a 69-year-old woman, was not injured in the accident, and stopped when the crash happened.
A GoFundMe for Gage's family has raised more than $26,000.
Hamilton Elementary School, where Gage was a fourth-grade student, offered grief counseling for students affected by the boy's death.
"Today I told my son, he just keeps saying Gage is my best friend, mommy. He was the first one I talked to at my new school," wrote one community member online. "Hayden is going to miss his best friend so much! My prayers go out to his mother, father, brother, extended family and friends! Rest in peace Gage, gone but never forgotten."
"I'm so sorry for your loss," wrote another commenter. "I can't imagine what you're going through. May God comfort you in this time of need. My prayers are with all of you. RIP sweet angels, Gage and Stitch."
"When I awoke this morning and learned about this horrible tragedy there were only a few hundred dollars in this account, so we donated," said Wayne-Ford Civic League President Vic Barra. "It's now 3 p.m. and I am so proud of our community for their generosity and compassion for this traumatized family."
Gage's grandmother, Margaret Carter, said that her grandson and his dog would usually play in the yard, but on the day of the tragedy, Stitch ran into the street after a family friend opened the front door, according to WDIV.
"My grandson just kept following him and I guess he just stepped off the curb and the car got both of them," Margaret said. "I was beside myself. I still can't believe it, he's only 10."
"He was such a loving kid, always having fun, he used to come a lot and stay on the weekends with his little brother," said Margaret. "I haven't been able to stop shaking since I got to the hospital last night. I just keep thinking it's a bad dream, but I know it's not."