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College of Engineering mourns loss of student Stephanie Fibelkorn

On Friday, December 12, the life of mechanical engineering student Stephanie Fibelkorn was cut short in a tragic accident in downtown Columbus. She was 21 years old. The College of Engineering is deeply saddened and extends heartfelt condolences to Stephanie’s family and friends.

Her internship mentor, City of Columbus Chief Mobility Engineer Bill Lewis, was injured and is in critical condition at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center. The two were walking near the intersection of Broad and High Streets when a truck and a school bus collided and careened onto the sidewalk.

Local media—notably the Columbus Dispatch and WBNS-10TV—have posted several stories about the accident and Stephanie’s life, personality and impact on others.

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Sandra Metzler remembers Stephanie fondly.

“She sat in the very front row all semester, and was such a pleasant person and hardworking student,” she said. “It is so hard to believe, and such a huge loss.”

Stephanie’s family will hold a celebration of her life on Wednesday afternoon, 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the Riffe Center auditorium, 77 S. High Street, downtown Columbus. The community is welcome to attend.

Any students who have been affected by this tragedy and who need support are encouraged to contact Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service (614-292-5766 or ccs.osu.edu).