Reserve deputy arrested for negligent homicide in July crash that killed sanitation worker
Vincent Dipuma, 62, was arrested Friday and booked on negligent homicide in the July 29 crash. State police confirm Dipuma was booked on charges tied to that accident.
The initial investigation revealed that the crash happened as a 2017 Freightliner garbage truck was stopped in the southbound lane of Jefferson Highway bear Castle Ridge Avenue. Ricky Mitchell, a Richard's Disposal Inc. employee, was standing behind the truck when Dipuma's pick-up truck hit the rear of the vehicle.
An arrest warrant says Dipuma told authorities he had been on the phone through Bluetooth at the time of the crash and there had been a haze in the air. Video shows weather conditions were clear. Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Savannah Jones says Dipuma was off duty at the time and driving his own vehicle.
Mitchell was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dipuma, a reserve deputy with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, was placed on administrative leave after the accident.
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