NEW INFO: College Student, Volunteer Firefighter Killed In Rainy Wreck

A college student who was also a volunteer firefighter died after troopers say his speeding pickup truck went off a Craven County bridge Monday night.

The Highway Patrol has identified the man as 23-year-old Jeffrey Grega of Ernul in Craven County.

Troopers say Grega likely hydroplaned and hit a bridge rail before his pickup truck went in the creek upside down. The Highway Patrol says Grega was driving 85 mph in a 55 mph zone. Troopers say when Grega's truck hit the bridge rail, it was moving at 70 mph.

Trooper C.A. Taylor says the Sidney Dive Team assisted in locating and recovering the body. Crews were able to pull the body from the creek around 11:30 p.m. Monday.

Friends have set up a memorial fund for the Grega family. Donations can be made at any RBC Bank or you can mail them to: Jeffrey Grega Memorial Fund, c/o RBC Bank, PO Box 13036, New Bern, NC 28561.

Grega was currently enrolled at Craven Community College and a 2005 graduate at West Craven High School. While he wasn't a student at ECU, Grega was a huge Pirate fan who often painted himself purple and gold at home games.

Grega was also a volunteer firefighter for the Little Swift Creek Fire Department.

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The Highway Patrol says the body of a man from the New Bern area was pulled out of the Swift Creek in New Bern late Monday night. The man's name is not being released at this time.

Trooper C.A. Taylor says the Sidney Dive Team assisted in locating and recovering the body. Crews were able to pull the body from the creek around 11:30 p.m. Monday. The body was sent to the hospital in New Bern, while the vehicle was towed to a local wrecker service.

Trooper Taylor says the man's Ford Ranger pick-up truck went into the creek after he likely hydroplaned on the wet road.

Weyerhaeuser Rd. is now open to traffic.

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The Little Swift Creek Volunteer Fire Department says Weyerhaeuser Road in Craven County will be shut down until mid-moring Tuesday as crews search to find a vehicle ran off the road into Swift Creek just after 7:00 Monday night.

Traffic has been detoured around a closure on Weyerhaeuser Road near Highway 17.

Craven County agencies are searching for the vehicle. The Sidney Dive Team from Beaufort County has been called in to help with the search.

There's no word yet on who was in the car or if anyone was trapped or injured.

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  • by WITN Moderator Location: WITN on Jan 20, 2011 at 12:51 PM
    To those who have asked - We have removed comments from this story that could be interpreted as insensitive to grieving friends and family. Thanks for your understanding.
  • by Jennifer Meadows Baker Location: Aurora NC on Jan 20, 2011 at 08:13 AM
    Jeffrey you are so loved and missed by many!! I am sorry to know that this happened to you and I hope you didn't suffer doing so buddy!! It was a sad time to know that your own fellow brothers came to a call to find one of their own. My heart goes out to you guys a LSCVFD. Credit needs to be given to the person who called 911 as they seen Grega do over that bridge. Without that being seen their is no telling when his body would have been found. I am glad that someone witnessed this tragic happening and was there to respond so quickly to recover this body of a loved young man that would do anything in the world for anybody he could help. God Bless the Grega family and keep watching over everyone you knew Jeffrey..We miss you!!!
  • by Nate Location: SVFD on Jan 19, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    Rip Brother, Thanks for all you have done. GO PIRATES!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Anonymous on Jan 19, 2011 at 08:01 AM
    So sad to hear that such a young handsome man with many years ahead of him to die so young. My condolences to the family and many prayers for the family.
  • by WITN Moderator Location: WITN on Jan 19, 2011 at 07:58 AM
    Reminder: WITN endeavors to reject all comments that could be considered insensitive to grieving families. If you see a comment posted that you believe is inappropriate, please use the "report abuse" feature.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    We offer our sincere condolence and deepest sympathy to his family and fire department. May the outpouring of sympathy, the kind acts of friends and strangers and the comfort in knowing that your loss is felt by many, help you through this difficult time. RIP From your brothers at the Fort Stewart Fire Department GA.
  • by Lisa Location: Cayton on Jan 18, 2011 at 08:26 PM
    This is for the comments from the one's directing this to speeding. Jeffrey was a first responder and was on his way to a call (which was a training call)and this is why he was going 85. Had lights on I'm sure. Would we criticize the police force for pursueing a criminal at a high rate of speed which resulted in the cop getting killed. Come on people, his work in the fire dpt. is just as important as any sheriff, city cop or hwy patrol. He wasnt going that fast for the heck of it.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2011 at 05:02 PM
    Praying for the family and the fire fighting family that lost a loved one and all those who had to respond to this incident.
  • by Anonymous Location: RR on Jan 18, 2011 at 04:06 PM
    So tragic! Prayers to the family.
  • by volunteer firefighter Location: gardnerville on Jan 18, 2011 at 03:42 PM
    may the lord be with the family in their time of loss prayers are going up R I P my brother

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