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FORT WORTH (CBS11) – A woman who witnessed the deadly hit-and-run crash of White Settlement firefighter Trevor Gage on Saturday, shared her story Monday.
Marina Salcedo pulled up with her two kids in the car.
“I said it’s okay close your eyes,” Salcedo said about what she told her kids. “Close your eyes you guys turn around and close your eyes.”
Salcedo was the first driver to pull up on the scene where Gage was sprawled on the street near his motorcycle. Gage’s close friend who was riding along side him was trying to call 911.
“Every second counts right now,” Salcedo recalls thinking. “So I told him, ‘Give me the phone! Give me the phone!’ Because he was pretty distraught through the whole time. He was like, ‘He’s the one that takes care of me!’ It was pretty sad.
Police say Gage and his friend had some sort of verbal confrontation with the driver of a black pickup on I-30. An argument that turned deadly as they exited the highway.
“He did say a drunk driver just hit my brother,” Salcedo remembered from the scene. “(He said) he tried to hit me first. But then he hit my brother. And that’s all I remember. I don’t know if he kept talking. He was pretty distraught.
Salcedo repeated the words she heard the surviving motorcyclist say.
“He tried to hit me first and then he hit my brother,” Salcedo recalled the friend saying.
White Settlement police and firefighters escorted Gage’s body from the medical examiner’s office to a Fort Worth funeral home with police cars and a fire engine Monday afternoon.
Just like the police and fire family, Salcedo’s family was stunned when they learned Gage died from his injuries.
“It was just weird because it was just like, even my little kids, it was a moment of silence,” she said. “You know we wee actually there we saw him.”
“I just feel so much for their family. And I really hope that this guy is caught.”
There is a GoFundMe page set up to help Gage’s family.
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