A University of Tennessee employee was killed in the parking garage located on the corner of 16th Street and White Avenue on her way to work early Monday morning.
According to a Knoxville Police Department report, Phyllis Carter, 60, parked her Toyota Prius in the garage but accidentally left it in neutral, and the car began to roll down an incline inside the garage. Carter chased after it in an attempt to stop it but was crushed between a wall and the car.
After her fellow employees realized that Carter, who went by Sally, had failed to show up for work, they started calling around, according to KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk.
The employees contacted her husband and when he couldn't reach her via cell phone, he began to search for her with another UT employee.
Authorities determined that the victim "had not been there long" before her body was found.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Carter was a supervisor in the UT College of Law Library and has worked at the university since 1979.
"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," said Doug Blaze, dean of the College of Law, in a statement. "She will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her entire family."