10-year-old boy hit and killed chasing dog into traffic

Posted at 10:22 PM, Oct 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-31 07:44:52-04

Westland police say a 10-year-old boy was hit and killed while chasing his dog into traffic on Saturday evening.

It happened around 7 p.m. at Wayne Rd. and Melton. We're told the boy was chasing his dog who ran into the street when he was hit by the car.

The car was driven by a 69-year-old who did stop at the scene. The boy was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

The dog was also killed in the tragic accident.

Westland police are still investigating the case. We're told drugs and alcohol are not a factor.

He was identified as 10-year-old Gage Carter. His stepfather describes the boy as being full of life all the time.

“Every time we did something it was always the best day of his life,” said Tim Sleep. “It didn’t matter if he was going to get ice cream or a family vacation or getting a new pair of shoes. Every day was the best day of his life.”

Sleep told 7 Action News he enjoyed spending time with his 18-month-old American Bull Dog, Pit Bull mix, Stitch.

“He loved his dog,” said Sleep.  It was his best friend. I think there is nothing he wouldn’t do for the dog.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe to help raise money for the cost of a funeral and other expenses.

“Obviously he was 10 years old,” said Sleep. “No one plans on burying their 10-year-old son. We could use the help, it would be appreciated.”