Past & Present: A giant Christmas tragedy

This 56-foot Santa Claus sat atop the roof of Porter Chevrolet on Mockingbird, and was designed by the same man that brought Big Tex to life at the State Fair. But this Santa has a tragic history. Roy Davis, a 46-year-old man who had been recently released from the hospital and told to take it easy, asked his boss at the crane company where he worked to borrow a crane so that he could have his picture taken with the giant St. Nick for his Christmas card, and they said yes. He got his picture with Santa, but as he was being lowered, witnesses say he went limp and fell 35 feet from the crane, landing between the boots of the giant Santa, where he died. Now, all that remains of the dealership is a parking lot for Campisi’s.

2017 (Photo by Danny Fulgencio)

2017 (Photo by Danny Fulgencio)

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