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Man killed by pick-up truck identified

By Brandon O’Connor and Rob Sigler

The Vicksburg Post

The man killed Thursday when a pick-up truck he was working on fell from its jack has been identified as Greg Raimondo, public affairs director for the Corps’ Vicksburg District.

Warren County Deputy Coroner Kelda Bailess, who pronounced him dead at the scene, confirmed Raimondo’s death Friday morning.

According to Sheriff Martin Pace, at approximately 5:33 p.m. Thursday, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call that an adult male appeared to have been trapped under a pick-up truck at the Pecan Ridge apartment complex on Culkin Road.

Pace said deputies were on the scene in less than five minutes and found Raimondo under the front end of a late model Chevrolet pick-up truck.

“According to neighbors who had spoken to him earlier as well as what we found, it appeared he was rotating the tires as well as possibly changing the oil,” Pace said. “As another neighbor drove in, they saw the car and realized he was trapped.”

Units from the Culkin Fire Department and Vicksburg Fire Department responded to the scene and removed Raimondo from under the truck, and he was pronounced dead by Bailess, Pace said. 

He added that when units arrived on scene, the front wheels were off of the truck and Raimondo was lying under the front of the truck on his back and it appeared the jack had failed causing the truck to tip forward on top of him. No one witnessed the accident occurring, Pace said.

Pace said it appears to be an accident and foul play is not suspected, but the body has been sent for an autopsy.

“I have known and worked with Greg since the Mississippi River flood of 2011,” Pace said. “Greg was always professional and courteous and devoted to the mission of the U.S. Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District. We will miss Greg personally and professionally in this community for years to come.”