South High School grieving after loss of coach, holds vigil Friday night

Brian Carter was killed Sunday in a car accident
Posted at 6:45 PM, Oct 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-05 02:48:59-04

South High had a noticeable sense of sorrow around the school on Monday, and it's understandable; they're just one day removed from losing one of their own.

Brian Carter was a special education teacher and the head coach of the varsity boys basketball team for the past 10 years.

The 40-year-old Carter was killed on Sunday after police say he was driving his truck on the wrong side of Calloway Drive. He then lost control, hitting a tree and then coming to a stop when he slammed into a fence. Police also say he was ejected from the car.

On Monday, the school brought in 9 additional grief counselors to give students an outlet, and spoke of Carter's impact on the school community.

"He was a loving coach, he was a loving teacher, he was a loving father," said Devang Brahmbhatt, the school's assistant principal.

"He was a true Rebel. We're surely going to miss him, and we're going to do the best that we can to get through this difficult time as a family and move forward."

At this time, police are not sure what caused the accident and have not said whether or not alcohol or drugs were a factor. They say they'll know more after a coroner's report is released.