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Ferris teacher killed in crash

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The Ellis County Press
FERRIS - Students and teachers within the Ferris Independent School District were reeling from the loss of fifth grade teacher Cynthia Carter.

Carter was killed Wednesday shortly before 7 a.m. when her Ford Focus was struck by an 18-wheeler truck driver at Texas Highway 121 and Custer Road in Plano.

This year was Carter's third year to teach in FISD.

'The students all liked her,' FISD Assistant Superintendent Ofelia Grass said.

Counselors from Hazel Ingram and Lucy Mae McDon-ald Elementary went to the Ferris Intermediate School on Wednesday providing support for students, teachers and other school district personnel.

'In a small town everybody pulls together to help each other,' said Grass.

She said Intermediate School Principal Anthony Spears did a terrific job as he had to tell each department the sad news.

'He's worried about his students and teachers,' Grass said.

At this time there were no plans regarding how the district would memorialize Carter, Grass said, but noted Spears and district officials would meet at a later date to discuss ways to honor Carter's memory.

Carter had moved from Mesquite to Plano about a month ago with her husband and three children: Kiaundra, 13, A.J., 11 and Alicia, 8.

Amani Carter remembered his wife as a loving wife and mother whose passion in life was taking care of her family.

Witnesses said the truck driver ran the red light hitting Carter's vehicle which became lodged under the truck before being dragged 150 yards.

Only Carter's burned car engine survived the fiery crash.

Plano police officials said the truck driver could eventually face criminal charges of criminally negligent homicide or manslaughter because he failed to stop at the traffic signal.

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