Rochelle Hager's Fiancée Heard 'Crash' As TikToker Roeurboat3 Died on Phone in Car

The fiancée of a TikTok star who died on Monday after a tree branch fell on her car has said she heard a "crash" as the tragic incident occurred.

Brittanie Lynn Ritchie, 28, published a video to the app on Tuesday, tearfully explaining what happened to her partner as they were talking via mounted cell phone. The victim was confirmed by police this week as being 31-year-old Rochelle Hager.

"She was driving, we were having a wind storm, and a tree fell on her car, she wasn't in pain, she died instantly, I heard the crash and then there was nothing," Ritchie said in the video alongside a caption thanking users for "keeping her memory alive."

Rochelle Hager, also known as "Roe," was driving a 2015 Nissan Rogue shortly before 10 a.m. local time on Monday in Farmington, Maine, when a large branch from a pine tree was forced down by strong winds and landed on the driver's side of the car.

Law enforcement said a utility pole and power lines were also brought down by the wind but no-one else was injured in the incident on Knowlton Corner Road.

Hager died at the scene before emergency services could reach her. Farmington Police chief Kenneth Charles told Newsweek the incident was "truly tragic and unusual."

Ritchie told local news outlet centralmaine.com that she and Hager were scheduled to be married on October 16 this year and said the victim's phone had been mounted in a car vent at the time of the incident. They first met in June last year, building up strong followings on the social app and regularly appearing in each other's uploads.

Ritchie told centralmaine.com: "We had a following on TikTok, and she was all about positivity and making people laugh. She was that kind of person."

Ritchie said Hager was employed as an executive chef at a senior living and retirement community known as The Woodlands prior to her passing.

Hager, who used the handle @roeurboat3 on TikTok, had amassed well over 100,000 followers and 1.2 million likes as of this week, while Ritchie's account had also grown to reach hundreds of millions of users, with her content attracting millions of likes.

Thousands of emotional tributes and messages from TikTok users continued to fill the comment sections of both accounts on Wednesday. In her most recent video, Ritchie posted a video of them together, writing: "I'll stand up with you forever."

Ritchie said in a video posted on Tuesday: "Thank you so much for your overwhelmeing support, I appreciate every single one of you, and Roe loved our TikTok fam."

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A photo released by Farmington Police Department photo shows Hager's car after the incident. Farmington Police Department photo