Terry Carter Wiki: Who Was the Man Who Died in the Suge Knight Hit-and-Run?

About Terry Carter
Age55 Years
BirthFebruary 18, 1959
DeathJanuary 29, 2015
SpouseLillian Haswell-Carter
ChildrenTerry Carter II, Meredeth Carter, Crystal Carter
Co-founderHeavyweight Records

Suge Knight is one of the biggest and most notorious names in the history of rap and hip-hop music. He was set to stand trial for the death and attempted murder of two men—Terry Carter and Cle “Bone” Sloan—in Compton, California in 2015 before he ultimately reached a plea deal with the prosecution. Keep reading our Terry Carter wiki to find out everything you need to know about the man who was run down by Knight, plus see the video of the incident that led to Carter’s death.

There’s a lot of speculation about what exactly happened to trigger the hit-and-run in January 2015…and about whether it was an accident or a deliberate attack. One thing is certain: Knight has a long and convoluted history of committing or being accused of extremely violent acts in which he’s directly or indirectly caused bodily harm.

Now that Knight has plead guilty to manslaughter for Carter’s death, the time has come to shed some light on the victims involved and their families.


So, what happened on that fateful day and what was Terry Carter’s role in all of this? Who was he and what kind of life did he lead?

Terry Carter

Terry Carter (Center); Photo: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/151435218/terry-carter

What Happened to Terry Carter?

On January 29, 2015, Suge Knight showed up at the set of N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Knight was one of people being portrayed in the film.

According to witnesses, there was an initial altercation or disagreement between Cle Sloan and Knight on the set. Knight wasn’t allowed on the set of the film due to a prior falling out with his former musical partner, Dr. Dre. But he showed up that day anyway.

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Sloan, who was working as a consultant and as gang-related security on the project, asked him to leave.

The two men decided to take the argument elsewhere: the parking lot of nearby Tam’s Burgers at S. Central Ave. and W. Rosecrans Ave. And it seems 55-year-old Terry Carter joined them.

It was around 3:00 p.m. that day. Knight arrived in his red Ford F-150 Raptor.

Carter was seen in his own vehicle talking to Knight in that parking lot. Both men remained in their respective vehicles during their friendly chat.

Carter was always known for being the peacemaker in many potentially dangerous or violent situations. He’d been working on a plan for a very long time to reunite the big-time music producer and Dr. Dre. Carter wanted to help them reconcile their differences so that they could work together in the future.

Shortly after their conversation concluded, Sloan arrived. At that point, the meeting allegedly escalated into a physical assault, with Sloan throwing the first punch through Knight’s car window. There might have been a further exchange of blows.

And that’s when Knight reversed, striking Sloan who was standing by the right side of the vehicle. Then Knight accelerated forward, running right over Sloan. The vehicle continued speeding forward, hitting Terry Carter straight on.

Knight did not stop his vehicle, nor did he contact the authorities.

Carter died at the scene. Sloan survived, but with significant injuries. He seems to have recovered.

The hit-and-run was caught on video surveillance by Tam’s Burgers’ security cameras. Be forewarned: the footage is extremely graphic and difficult to watch.

This video may show violent or graphic content.

Was It an Accident or a Deliberate Attack?

The public has been left wondering whether Knight purposely or accidentally ran over and killed his supposed friend, Terry Carter.

Witnesses also say Carter wasn’t involved in the alleged altercation that occurred between Sloan and Knight before the fatal incident. The video does show him to be nearby when the fight broke out, but not acting threatening in a physical way himself.

Knight’s lawyers claim he had no idea that he’d run over anyone at the time and he was trying to escape the threatening situation.

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The way they tell it, Knight was being attacked by about four men and was driving defensively to escape an attempted assault. However, no known witness reports corroborate that story.

Witness accounts have claimed Knight was good friends with Carter. But Carter’s family claims that the two weren’t actually friends and the hit-and-run was intentional.

Who Was Terry Carter?

When news of this horrific occurrence first broke, media outlets were in a frenzy to get as much information as possible on the victims and the situation. In their hurried attempts to get to the truth, they mistakenly reported that actor Terry Carter, 89, known for his roles in Battlestar Galactica and Benji, had died. Of course, that Terry Carter is very much alive to this day and still acting.

The Terry Carter who was killed by Suge Knight’s reckless behavior on January 29, 2015 was a different man.

Carter was born February 18, 1959 in California.

The man was loved by his family and friends. In fact, everyone who knew him had nothing but good things to say in his memory.

Described as a “serial entrepreneur,” Carter was a kind-hearted and compassionate man.

He had a passion for automobiles, real estate, music, his community, and, above all, his family.

First and foremost, he was a devoted family man. Carter left behind his wife, Lillian Haswell-Carter. He had two living biological daughters: Meredeth (Nekaya) and Crystal. His son, Terry Carter II, died from brain cancer on March 20, 1992, at the age of eight. In addition, Carter fostered over 20 children throughout his lifetime.

As a successful and hardworking businessman, Carter co-founded Heavyweight Records with rapper Ice Cube. The label is still going strong to this day.

Carter also served as a producer and enthusiastic proponent of the film Straight Outta Compton.

He did everything in his power to guarantee the film’s authenticity and ensured it was filmed in his hometown of Compton. Carter was extremely proud of the city he grew up in, and he wanted to try to portray it in a “positive light” for once.

The record label owner was always trying to come up with different initiatives to improve and give back to his community.

At his funeral, Carter was described as always trying to unite people despite their differences and keep the peace. Tragically, it seems his efforts may been a factor in his untimely and violent death.

Even though “he came from a place where there were no silver spoons,” Carter strove to help as many people as he could through kindness and simple good deeds, like letting friends in need stay in his home.

The immense generosity he showcased throughout his life, along with his passion for helping people in need despite the cost, has inspired Carter’s family to initiate a scholarship fund in his name. The initiative, dedicated to helping children in the foster care system, is the family’s way of continuing Terry Carter’s legacy.

Terry Carter's Grave

Terry Carter’s Grave; Photo: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/151435218/terry-carter

Carter is buried alongside his young son, Terry II, in Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.

Suge Knight Pleads No Contest

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, Suge Knight averted a murder trial four years in the making by pleading no contest to manslaughter in the hit-and-run death of Terry Carter. In exchange for his plea, the one-time rap mogul will spend nearly 30 years in prison.

Jury selection for his trial was set to begin on Monday, September 24. Had Knight been found guilty in that trial, it would have led to a life sentence.

When asked by Judge Ronald Coen what his plea was, Knight, 53, who was shackled and wearing orange prison clothes, responded, “No contest.”

The plea deal calls for Knight to serve 22 years in prison for the voluntary manslaughter of Carter. Six more years will be tacked on because it is a third-strike violation.

Two other criminal cases against Knight, both from 2014, were dismissed in court. He was accused of sending threatening text messages to Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray and stealing a camera from a paparazzo.

Crystal Carter, Terry’s daughter, had a seat in the front row in court. “I’m surprised he pleaded out,” she said outside court. “Normally he likes the cameras to be on him 24/7.”