Man charged in fatal crash to get 3rd competency exam


The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — A central Ohio man accused of causing a crash that led to the deaths of two pedestrians will receive a third psychological evaluation to determine his competency to stand trial.

The crash claimed the life of former Delaware resident Stephanie Fibelkorn, 21.

Terrance Trent is accused of recklessly driving his truck into a school bus that then hit Fibelkorn and another pedestrian on Dec. 12, 2014. The 62-year-old Trent has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide charges.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Trent has already received two psychological examinations with differing results.

One psychologist concluded Trent is incompetent to stand trial and suffers from “disorganized and delusional thinking” and possibly dementia. A second evaluation deemed him competent for trial.

The Franklin County judge previously assigned to the case recently retired. The judge who replaced him approved funding for another evaluation.

According to police and prosecutors, the crash occurred after Trent ran a red light in downtown Columbus and hit a school bus, pushing it onto the sidewalk.

The bus ran over Fibelkorn and Bill Lewis, 58, when it went onto the sidewalk, killing Fibelkorn at the scene and severely injuring Lewis. Three of the children on the bus were reportedly injured.

Lewis was transported to Grant Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries on Dec. 30.

Fibelkorn, an Olentangy Local Schools graduate, had just finished an internship at Lewis’ office when the crash occurred.

The drivers of both vehicles, as well as a passenger in the truck, were all taken transported for medical attention after the crash.

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