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.
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.
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.