LSP identifies garbage truck worker killed in early morning crash


EBRSO identifies driver who hit garbage truck on Monday morning


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.


A sanitation worker died on Monday, July 29th in a two-vehicle crash.

The Louisiana State Police arrived at Jefferson Hwy. near Castle Ridge Ave. a little before 6 a.m.

Ricky Mitchell, 40, of Baton Rouge, died after the garbage truck he was standing behind was hit by a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado.

LSP said, “a 2017 Freightliner garbage truck was stopped in the southbound lane of LA Hwy 73. Mitchell, an employee for a local trash collecting company, was standing behind the truck.”

The driver of the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado did not come to a stop and hit Mitchell and the garbage truck.

Vincent Dipuma, 61, of Baton Rouge, has been identified as the driver of the Chevrolet Silverado.

Dipuma was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was sent to a local hospital with serious injuries.

According to the Louisiana State Police, Ricky Mitchell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mitchell worked for Richard’s Disposal Inc.

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Authorities do not know if impairment played a part in this crash.

LSP said “toxicology samples will be submitted for analysis.”

The investigation into this crash remains open and charges may be on the way.

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