Trial begins for man accused of deadly downtown Columbus crash

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — For the first time, Terrance Trent listened to testimony and faced the jury that will decide his fate, as the family of those who were killed fought back tears in a Franklin County Court room.

For a little over an hour, 14 jurors listened to six witnesses recount what happened on December 12th, 2014.

On that winter morning, prosecutors say Trent crashed his pick-up truck into a school bus on High and Broad Street, killing 58-year-old Columbus city engineer Bill Lewis and 21-year-old Ohio State student Stephanie Fibelkorn.

“I just looked up, and I saw a red pick-up truck barreling down Fourth Street,” said witness Stanley Kronenberger.

Ronne Herman, a UPS driver was finishing his deliveries for the day when he heard the crash just a few feet behind him.

“When I saw the bus coming towards me, that’s when I saw that there was a person underneath the bus,” Herman said.

The trial is expected to pick back up at 9am tomorrow. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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