Rochelle Hager, known on TikTok as Roeurboat3, died Monday morning in a tragic accident when 50 mph winds caused a pine tree branch to fall on top of her car as she was driving.
According to the Portland Press Herald, she was driving down a road shortly before 10am when the accident happened.
“It happened really quick,” Hager’s fiancée Brittanie Lynn Ritchie told Maine’s Morning Sentinel publication. “She has a phone mounted in her vent. I just heard a crash and then there was nothing. She didn’t see the tree coming. It was instant.”
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Police said Hager was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash after police were alerted to the incident by a neighbour.
Ritchie confirmed the tragic news of Hager’s untimely death in a TikTok video featuring a montage of photos of the couple together.
Lynn captioned the video: “Thank you for showing me what true love is. I love you forever.”
Together, Hager and Ritchie had more than 400,000 followers on TikTok, with the pair frequently posting videos together that have collectively garnered over 5.4 million likes.
Since Hager’s death, Ritchie has shared numerous video tributes to her late partner, with one post’s caption reading: “I can’t eat or sleep. All I can do is make videos and wish you were here with me.”
In another post, Ritchie filmed herself visiting the site of Hager’s death. The video shows that flowers and an invitation to the couple’s wedding, which was to be held on Oct. 16, has since been tied to a pole.
In addition to her budding fame on TikTok, Hager was an executive chef who was reportedly 10 years sober from addiction, according to local news.
Hager further revealed that, shortly before Hager’s death, the couple recently discussed starting a family: “We had picked out a name the night before for a girl.”
Very sad. Rest in Power, Rochelle Hager