GRADY COUNTY -- A Grady County teen died Saturday when a jack used to prop up his truck collapsed, causing the truck he was working under to fall on him.
Chase Livingston, 18, died of head injuries after his Chevrolet S-10 low-rider fell at his Sherman Road residence, an incident report shows.
Mason Dixon, 21, witnessed the horrible accident. As Livingston worked underneath his truck, Dixon sat in a chair near the front of the truck. After the jack gave out, Dixon used it to elevate the vehicle off Livingston, Dixon said.
Grady EMS was dispatched to the scene, but while they were en route, 911-dispatch advised EMS responders that Livingston had been put into the back of Dixon's truck and was headed to Grady ER. Responders made contact with Dixon on U.S. Hwy. 111 South and Livingston was transported to Grady ER, according to the report.
Dixon, who knew Livingston for about seven years, said Livingston was selfless and friendly to everyone he knew.
"He was the guy to talk to," Dixon said. "He was just really easy to talk to. He could start a conversation with anybody. He'd do anything for you. If you needed help, he'd help you."
Dixon said Livingston had "the biggest heart" of anyone he knew.
"Everywhere he went, he made friends," Dixon said. "Everywhere we'd go, he'd see somebody he knew and started talking to them.
"He was just a good person. Whatever he had, I had or whatever I had, he had -- it was like that if I needed something. If I was hungry, he'd fix me something to eat. He was a loving person."
Family and friends gathered Tuesday night for a vigil to remember Livingston, who was an avid dirt bike racer and truck enthusiast.
"He loved his family, all his friends," Dixon said. "The best friend you could get as far as being able to trust him...you could trust him with anything."
Dixon thinks his buddy Chase is doing great things in a better place.
"God had a bigger purpose for Chase," Dixon said. "I think he's up there, doing miracle work or something. I just think he had a bigger purpose."
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