A White Settlement firefighter died Sunday morning from injuries sustained after a hit-and-run accident between his motorcycle and a black, four-door Ford F-150, the department said. Police are seeking help finding the vehicle and a suspect.
Trevor Gage underwent emergency surgery Saturday night after suffering a head injury in the afternoon accident, which occurred in the 1900 block of Spur 341 in White Settlement, the department said in a Facebook post. He died at 11:11 a.m. Sunday.
According to the White Settlement Police Officers Association, police are looking for a gloss, solid black four-door Ford F-150, model year from 2010 to 2014. Witnesses said the driver was a Hispanic male with slicked-back black hair.
“We expect this to have scrape marks along the passenger side truck bed from the highway bars on the motorcycle,” the association said in its Facebook post. Witnesses said there is a sticker in the bottom left corner of the truck’s tailgate.
In one comment, the association said the truck had possibly followed Gage from Interstate 30 and Montgomery Street.
Gage’s work with the fire department was completely volunteer, said one officer, who asked not to be named.
“He was a very loyal person who just did it because he wanted to help people,” the officer said. “Trevor was always in a good mood. Trevor was the guy you could go up and joke with because he was going to joke with you. That’s just who he was.”
The family has already gone through a lot, said Jenni Mathe, a member of the Predator Jeep Club, which partners with the Black Sheep Club to raise funds for families of fallen first-responders.
On Sunday night, both clubs turned one of their regularly scheduled fundraisers at the Twisted Root Burger Co. in Bedford into an impromptu benefit for Gage’s family.
Gage leaves behind three children and his wife. One son had intestinal problems when he was born, and Mathe said she helped coordinate fundraisers to help the family with his medical expenses.
“He’s been in and out of the hospital since he was born,” she said.
A candlelight prayer vigil is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday at the White Settlement Library and Recreation Center.
Anyone with information about the suspect or vehicle should contact the White Settlement Police Department at 817-246-7070.
Dylan Bradley: 817-390-7984, @dbradley1220
How to help
Contact the White Settlement Police Department at 817-246-7070 with any information about the vehicle or suspect. If something is seen outside of the White Settlement jurisdiction, contact the local police department.