UPDATE: The driver of the Chevrolet Silverado has been identified as an East Baton Rouge Reserve Deputy.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office released this statement:
On Monday July 29th, 2019, shortly before 6:00 A.M., the Louisiana State Police investigated a two vehicle fatal accident On La. Hwy. 73 (Jefferson Hwy). One of the vehicles involved, a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, was being driven by an East Baton Rouge Reserve Deputy – Vincent Dipuma. Dipuma was not on duty for the Sheriff’s Office at the time, and was operating his personal vehicle. Dipuma has served as a Reserve Deputy for 18 years for the E.B.R. Sheriff’s Office. Vincent Dipuma was placed on Leave of Absence from the Sheriff’s Office pending the outcome of LSP’s investigation. Dipuma remains hospitalized with serious injuries. The Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our condolences and prayers to both the Mitchell and Dipuma families.
ORIGINAL: EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, La (7/29/2019) — According to Louisiana State Police, a sanitation worker is dead following a two-vehicle crash this morning.
Investigators say it happened around 6 a.m on LA Hwy 73 (Jefferson Highway) near Castle Ridge Avenue in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Police identify the man killed as Ricky Mitchell, 40, of Baton Rouge.
LSP says the trash truck was stopped and Mitchell was standing behind the truck when a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado slammed into the back of the garbage truck.
WVLA/WGMB reported the road was closed for several hours as police investigated.