Fatal crash witness: "He had to be going 100 mph"

Published: Jul. 23, 2017 at 2:30 PM EDT
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By: Erika Fernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News

July 23, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Drivers who saw Gage Todd race past them said they knew his erratic driving wouldn't end well, but nothing could prepare them for the scene that ultimately took the teen's life.

Shards of metal, glass, and charred trees are all that's left at the site of the Saturday evening


"It’s really devastating and tragic and I really feel for the family," said Micah Geiger, whose husband tried to save the teen.

Geiger and her husband, Jackson, were driving down Centerville Road when 19-year-old Gage Todd raced past them.

"This truck came flying around us and nearly cut us and the oncoming vehicle off, and to the point that I braced for impact," Geiger said.

She said Todd passed three cars, but not even a quarter mile down the road, they saw flames and Todd’s truck wrapped around a tree.

"We knew it was about to happen and we have to get to him as soon as possible. It's on fire, we need to get him out," Geiger said.

"I saw the fire started so I ran down and was able to get the door wide open with the help of some other people," said Rick Ashton, who tried to save the teen after the crash.

Todd struck a tree in Ashton's front yard. He and Micah's husband sprang into action.

"With the fire going on, I was not going to let this person burn up," Ashton said.

The speed limit along the county road is 45 miles per hour, but witnesses said they think Todd was driving much faster than that.

"He had to be going 100," Geiger said.

Ashton believes speed ultimately killed the teen.

"Whether it be a young person, an old person, middle aged person... It's tragic that if they were going the speed limit, it wouldn’t have been as bad," Ashton said.

Geiger and her husband placed a dream catcher on the tree Sunday morning, and said a quick prayer for the parents who lost a son too soon.

"I cannot imagine what you're going through right now, i am so sorry for your loss. We will continue to pray for you," Geiger said.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Todd was wearing a seat belt. Toxicology reports are pending.