By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville police say a University of Tennessee employee was killed after a car hit her and a wall in a parking garage Monday morning.
Dispatch says it happened at 5:55 a.m. on the 1700 block of White Avenue, at the corner of White Avenue and 16th Street.
The Knoxville Police Department identified the victim as Phyllis "Sally" Carter, 60. Officials believe she may have left her Toyota Prius in neutral after parking in the garage.
"The vehicle started rolling down an incline in the parking garage," said KPD spokesperson Darrell DeBusk. "We believe that she started chasing the vehicle to try to stop it and the vehicle ran over her."
Police say Carter did not show up for work at her normal time of 6 a.m. and was not answering her phone.
A UT employee then found Carter and the crash scene. Carter's husband arrived a few moments later.
"They called her husband and her husband drove down here and actually found the incident in the parking garage," said DeBusk.
KPD says she was pronounced dead at the scene.
KPD and UT are reviewing the surveillance video inside the garage hoping it will shed more light on what exactly happed.
The university says Carter was a supervisor in the UT College of Law Library and had worked at the university since 1979. Her job involved overseeing the catalog records.
"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.
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