EBRSO reserve deputy who reportedly rear-ended garbage truck, killing employee now charged

EBRSO reserve deputy involved in fatal garbage truck crash

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - One man has died after a crash involving a garbage truck Monday morning.

The crash happened between 5:30 and 6 a.m. Monday, July 29 on Jefferson Highway at the intersection of Castle Ridge. The intersection is near the new section of Antioch Road.

The crash claimed the life of Ricky Mitchell, 40.

Officials say the crash happened as a 2017 Freightliner garbage truck was stopped in the southbound lane of Highway 73. Mitchell, an employee for Richard’s Disposal, was standing behind the truck.

At the same time, Vincent Dipuma, 62, a reserve deputy for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, was traveling south on Highway 73 in a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado. The Chevrolet then struck Mitchell and the rear of the garbage truck.

The sheriff’s office says Dipuma was not on duty and was in his personal vehicle at the time of the crash. Dipuma served as a reserve deputy for 18 years in East Baton Rouge Parish.

On Friday, Oct. 4, Dipuma was arrested and charged with negligent homicide and reckless operation of a vehicle. He was released the same day after posting a $30,000 bond.

The arrest report states Dipuma was “obviously inattentive and failed to notice the trash hopper in front of him.” Louisiana State Police says it’s unclear if Dipuma was impaired at the time of the wreck. A toxicology sample was taken from him for analysis. The crash remains under investigation and more charges could be pending.

EBRSO says he has not been an active reserve deputy since the day of the wreck when his reserve commission was revoked.

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