KPD identifies UT employee killed in parking garage accident

Knoxville Police have identified the woman killed in an accident Monday morning in a UT parking garage.

Investigators said Phyllis Carter, 60, of Maryville, died when she tried to stop her car that was rolling down an incline in the garage.

UT said Phyllis "Sally" Carter, was a supervisor in the UT College of Law Library. She has worked at UT since 1979. Her job involved overseeing the catalog records, which includes electronic titles.

"Sally was a treasured and valuable member of the law school community who contributed so much to make the College of Law a better place. She will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her entire family," said College of Law Dean Doug Blaze.

Update 9:10 am:

(WBIR) Knoxville police confirmed a University of Tennessee employee was killed on her way to work, after her car crushed her into a wall in the staff parking garage Monday morning.

The employee, who was in her 60s, was parking her Toyota Prius in the garage in the corner of 16th Street and White Avenue. When she got out of the car she accidentally put the car in neutral, it started rolling down an incline inside the garage, according to a KPD spokesperson. The employee then chased after her car to stop it and was crushed between the wall and the car shortly before 6 a.m.

UT officials said another UT employee discovered the accident. Officials pronounced her dead at the scene.

Her co-workers had called her husband when she didn't show up for work. He then searched for his wife and arrived at the parking garage after the accident happened.

Police said they won't release her name until her family is notified.

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(WBIR) Knox County dispatchers and Knoxville police confirmed that a vehicle hit a wall and a pedestrian in a UT staff parking garage on the corner of 16th Street and White Avenue shorty before 6 a.m.

Crash investigators are currently on scene trying to determine how the accident occurred.

Officials have blocked both entrances to the garage. They haven't confirmed the condition of the victim at this time.


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