Authorities say a man is dead after his car fell on him. Addis Police Chief Richard Anderson says while he appeared to be working on his car when it collapsed.
Family members identified him as Felton Lee Lanieu. Friday morning his mother, Carolyn Clayton, says she received the news no mother wants to her hear.
She says while Lanieu was installing a new transmission it collapsed, resulting in his vehicle crushing him.
“God took my rock,” Clayton said.
Lanieu’s sister, Coco Clayton, says he acted as the neighborhood mechanic. She mentioned he always volunteered to help anyone with their cars.
“He’ll do anything for anyone if you ask him to, he just changed my brakes last week,” she said.
This wasn’t the first time Lanieu was hurt while fixing his car. His sister says last year his car fell on him and their younger brother saved his life.
“It bussed the front of his face and his mouth up and during the process my younger brother found him,” she said.
Now the Clayton family is working hard to make sure this tragedy never happens again.
“All I ask is if you’re working on a car make sure someone is around because I don’t want to see nobody go through this,” Carolyn Clayton said.
The Addis Police Chief, Richard Anderson, says he can relate to the Clayon’s pain.
It’s something dear to me because I’ve seen it several times,” Anderson said. “I have in-laws that lost a child because of the same thing.”
Anderson advises everyone who works on their cars to be safe.
If your’e working under a vehicle you should at least have somebody there with you,” Anderson said. “They make jack stands, you should jack [your car] up and then block it so your [car] can’t come down.
The Clayton’s say they’ll miss Felton dearly and are at peace knowing that he died doing what he loved, working on cars.