Friends and family of UT employee killed by her car in shock

Friends and family of UT employee killed by her car say they're in 'shock'

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Phyllis "Sally" Carter (source: University of Tennessee) Phyllis "Sally" Carter (source: University of Tennessee)
Sally Carter had worked at the UT Law Library since 1979. Sally Carter had worked at the UT Law Library since 1979.
"For over 35 years she's been a big part of the law school and the law library and its success over the years," said Doug Blaze, the dean at UT's College of Law. "For over 35 years she's been a big part of the law school and the law library and its success over the years," said Doug Blaze, the dean at UT's College of Law.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Family and friends of the University of Tennessee employee killed by her car Monday morning are talking to 6 News about who she was.

Police say Phyllis "Sally" Carter, 60, parked her vehicle in the staff garage on 16th Street Monday morning shortly before 6 a.m. They think she left the car in neutral and it started to roll. Investigators say Carter chased her vehicle, trying to stop it, but was run over.

When Carter didn't show up for work, her coworkers called her husband David, who later found her body at the scene.

David Carter told 6 News he's coping as best as he can. He says he's trying to keep his normal routine going because that's what Sally would have wanted. He also said he really appreciates all of the support and prayers.

Sally Carter had worked at the UT Law Library since 1979.

"For over 35 years she's been a big part of the law school and the law library and its success over the years," said Doug Blaze, the dean at UT's College of Law.

Blaze says it's a tight knit group, and they're all helping each other cope.

"It's like a family, and it's a loss. Everybody is pulling together to support each other, and we miss her," Blaze said.

He says Carter was on the staff advisory committee and was instrumental in planning events for the whole department.

"She was always a big part of that, had wonderful ideas, brought in terrific speakers, just helped make the law school a better place," Blaze said.

UT is providing counseling services for Sally's coworkers.

"I've been really proud of the law school and the way we're handling it. It really is a sense of community here, and we pull together when we have a loss," Blaze said.

UT Police and the Knoxville Police Department are still reviewing surveillance video from the garage to help them piece together exactly how the accident happened.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Maryville. The funeral will follow.

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