Gregory Carter, 27th Ward St. Louis Alderman
St. Charles County, MO (KSDK) - St. Louis Alderman Gregory Carter died in a crash involving several tractor trailers Wednesday.
The crash closed eastbound Highway 370 between Truman and Elm in St. Charles County. The highway reopened around 7:45 a.m.
Alderman Gregory Carter, 54, represented the 27th Ward in north St. Louis. He had worked for UPS since 1994 and was driving one of the tractor trailers involved in the crash.
Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum said all of the vehicles involved were eastbound on the highway around 12:20 a.m. A pick-up truck struck a tractor trailer and ended up stopped next to the median.
Approaching tractor trailers began to slow and after the first one came to a stop, the second one slowed. The third tractor trailer hit those two tractor trailers. Carter was driving the third tractor trailer.
Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances of the crash, but the driver of the pick-up truck was arrested on suspicion of DWI.
Carter was elected to the board in 1993 and worked for UPS since 1994. A friend says he was planning on retiring in a year.
Carter and his wife have two adult children. They also have three grandchildren.
Carter came from a family of politicians. His mother is the last State Senator Paula Carter. His nephew is state representative Chris Carter.
St. Louis Alderman Antonio French tweeted about Carter. "St. Louis lost one of its gifted, charismatic leaders last night. I lost a friend & ally. My thoughts & prayers are with the Carter family."
Fellow Alderman member Kacie Starr Triplett sent several tweets regarding Carter. "Prayers for my dear colleague Ald Greg Carter and his family. There aren't enough Twitter characters to express how I feel at this moment. May Greg rest and may his family be comforted. He will be missed sorely. A special comfort to his family, esp. his children."
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay sent an email to city employees about Carter:
"It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Alderman Gregory J. Carter died early this morning in an automobile accident. He had represented the 27th ward since 1993.
"I have asked all City buildings to fly the City flag at half mast and for the ceremonial bunting to be draped in the Rotunda of City Hall to honor Alderman Carter.
"I am not yet aware of funeral arrangements, but I ask that you keep Alderman Carter's friends, family members, and colleagues in your prayers. I will keep you updated as arrangements are made."
Congressman William Lacy Clay released a statement on the passing of Alderman Carter:
"Alderman Greg Carter (D) 27th Ward was my good friend and a dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly on behalf of his community.
"My heart goes out to his children and the entire Carter family.
"Like the Clays, the Carters have a remarkable history of serving St. Louis.
"The City of St. Louis has lost an exceptional public servant, and I have lost a dear friend.
"May God grant strength, comfort and courage to his family as they bear this terrible loss."
Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed released a statement about Alderman Carter:
"This morning the people of St. Louis lost one of biggest advocates for fairness and equality. My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Carter family, the residents of the 27th Ward, and the City of St. Louis. Alderman Carter was a charismatic, hard working, and determined public official. He was well-liked by all members and staff of the Board of Aldermen.
"Greg passionately worked on matters of health and wellness for all city residents as former Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee. His dedication to his constituents was second to none and his leadership as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee was exemplary. Alderman Carter will be greatly missed.
"Personally, Greg Carter and I were colleagues and friends since I arrived at the Board of Aldermen in 1999. I am extremely saddened by his sudden passing."