A man who caused a crash in downtown Columbus that killed two pedestrians, including a Delaware County resident, was found guilty by a jury on vehicular homicide charges Friday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
The Associated Press reports that a jury in Columbus found Terrance Trent, 63, guilty on Friday on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, third-degree felonies, in the December 2014 deaths of Stephanie Fibelkorn, 21, of Delaware, and Columbus city engineer William Lewis, 58.
Trent also was found guilty on two counts of vehicular assault, fourth-degree felonies, for injuries to his passenger and the bus driver, the AP reports.
Court documents indicate that a pre-sentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing hearing has been set for Sept. 6 at 9 a.m. Court records also state that Trent’s bond was revoked after the verdict and he was taken into police custody.
According to the Ohio Revised Code, prison terms for a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide range between 10 to 15 years in prison.
The AP reports Trent testified that he panicked because his girlfriend was hitting him as he drove and said he didn’t remember speeding through red lights or weaving through traffic before slamming into the bus on Dec. 12, 2014.
Fibelkorn was interning with the city of Columbus at the time and was walking to a meeting with Lewis when the crash occurred. Fibelkorn was pronounced dead at the scene. Lewis later succumbed to his injuries on Dec. 29.
Trent finally went to trial to face the vehicular homicide charges after two psychological evaluation found he was competent to stand trial, the AP reports. The AP also reports that a third evaluation stated Trent is incompetent to stand trial and suffers from “disorganized and delusional thinking” and possibly dementia.
Information in this story was provided by the Associated Press.