TikTok creators Rochelle Hager died Monday in a tragic accident in Maine. According to a report in the Press Herald, Hager was driving in the town of Farmington when high winds, gusting up to more than 50 miles per hour, toppled a large branch onto the roof of her 2015 Nissan Rogue. Hager regularly posted videos of herself and her fiancé, Brittanie Lynn Ritchie, to TikTok, and the two were speaking on the phone when the accident occurred. Hager was 31.
“I can’t eat or sleep,” Ritchie said in an emotional video posted to TikTok. “All I can do is make videos and wish you were here with me.”
Farmington Police Chief Kenneth Charles said officers responded to the scene shortly after 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 29, at 833 Knowlton Corner Road after being alerted by a neighbor. Police pronounced Hager dead at the scene, saying she almost certainly was killed instantly. Charles said the accident was “tragic and unique” and that there was “nothing she could do to avoid it.”
High winds had been tormenting the area Monday. Prior to crashing on top of Hager’s vehicle, the branch had downed a power line and snapped a utility pole in the process. By noon on Monday, nearly 2,000 residents in Franklin County, Maine, were without electricity as a result of the high winds.
Ritchie told the New York Post the death was “instant” and revealed the two were talking when the accident happened.
“She has a phone mounted in her vent,” the fiancé said. “I just heard a crash, and then there was nothing.”
Hager had over 152,700 followers on her Roeurboat3 TikTok profile. She and Ritchie often collaborated on videos as Ritchie and Roe, sharing details of the relationship and life together. Hager also used her platform to advocate on behalf of addiction survivors.
“She was a huge advocate for addiction and she survived it and was clean for over 10 years,” Ritchie revealed.
“We were getting married October 16,” Ritchie said. “We had already gotten the venue and photographer and everything.”
She went on to say that Hager was “all about positive and making people laugh,” adding “she was that kind of person.”