City truck driver arrested, charged in fatal accident on River Rd. in Columbus

72-year-old Lewis Triester, charged with homicide by vehicle
72-year-old Lewis Triester, charged with homicide by vehicle((Source: Muscogee County Sheriff's Office))
Updated: Feb. 15, 2019 at 4:14 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A 72-year-old public works driver was arrested Friday morning in connection to a fatal accident on River Road and Willett Drive on January 31.

Lewis Triester is facing charges of failure to yield and misdemeanor vehicular homicide. Officials say the driver worked for the public works department since January 2015.

A former classmate of the victim says they’re still shaken about what happened.

“I had no idea that that would be the last time that I would ever see him,” says Stephan Richardson.

Richardson says a Carver High School class reunion was the last time he was able to see his smiling friend’s face. James Gibson, known to the community as Jimmy, was 63-years-old when the car crash happened on the intersection of River Road and Willett Drive.

“When that happens it’s just like your own mother or father. It’s just a tragedy,” says Richardson.

Gibson died of blunt force trauma in the emergency room of Piedmont Columbus Regional.

“You can formulate your own opinion about it no matter how you look at it. I’m glad to hear that something is being done about it,” says Richardson.

Lewis is scheduled for court Saturday at 8 a.m.

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