City mourns death of St. Louis alderman killed in pile-up

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by KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 4:37 PM

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV) – The city of St. Louis is in mourning after 27th Ward Alderman Greg Carter was killed in a wreck involving three tractor-trailers in St. Charles County on Wednesday.

Police said a pick-up truck hit the back of a tractor trailer truck near the Truman Boulevard exit on Highway 370 in St. Charles County around 12:45 a.m.

Both drivers stopped on the shoulder and two other tractor trailers pulled over to offer assistance.

Authorities Carter, 54, was driving a UPS truck and rear-ended the third tractor trailer. He was killed on impact.

Authorities arrested the pick-up driver on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. No further information on the driver was released.

Carter comes from a very prominent family with three generations of St. Louis City political figures. He served four terms as an alderman in St. Louis and was running for his fifth term.  He also drove trucks for UPS for over 20 years.

Black bunting is up above the doors to the board of alderman offices in City Hall as Carter’s colleagues mourn his death.

“Greg was just such a huge impact,” said Lewis Reed, president of the board of aldermen. “He always thought outside the box and really, really pushed the board to reach to a new level.”

Elected officials outside of St. Louis also expressed their remorse.

“I’m deeply saddened to learn the news of Alderman Greg Carter’s passing. I know that Greg’s mother, the late Missouri Senator Paula Carter, would be incredible proud of his service to the St. Louis community,” said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO). “Greg was a smiling, competent, and all around wonderful guy and I join folks across Missouri in expressing deep sorrow at this loss.”

Carter leaves behind a wife and two children.

A viewing of Carter will take place at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, August 11 at 8 a.m. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m.

The St. Louis Board of Elections will hold a special election to fill the 27th Ward seat. The Democratic Director of Elections Mary Wheeler-Jones says the special election would likely be held in mid-October. She says the Board of Elections may set the date when the group meets for Tuesday's primary.

Each party's central committee can nominate a candidate. The winner would serve the rest of Alderman Carter's term. He was up for re-election in the March 2013 primary.

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