Nearly a year ago, on Jul. 7, 2021, Brookville resident Jenni Fasbinder died from a two-vehicle crash on US Hwy. 52. The accident scene investigation led to the arrest of the other vehicle's driver, Joshua Trammell, who tested positive for methamphetamine. Trammell was released on a cash bond of $8,500 June 15, according to court records.

According to the Probable Cause Affidavit by Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Lovins, he responded to the scene of a serious crash on U.S. 52, east of Yellow Bank Road. 

Based on his observations of the crashed vehicles,Lovins determined that a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Trammell crossed left-of-center into the opposite travel lane, causing a head-on collision with a 2014 Kia driven by Fasbinder. 

Fasbinder was pronounced deceased at the scene, and Trammell was transferred to Margaret Mary Health for injuries sustained.

Deputy Lovins located two hypodermic needles among the Silverado's debris, which he recognized as commonly associated with intravenous drug use. Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies accompanied Trammell to the emergency room, where they obtained a blood sample from him to be analyzed for the presence of illegal substances.

On Aug. 11, Deputy Lovins was notified that the analysis results were complete, and the presence of both amphetamine and methamphetamine in Trammell's sample was determined. Subsequently, charges were filed on Joshua Trammell, including:

Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance Causing Death, a Level 4 Felony; Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Death, a Level 4 Felony; Reckless Homicide, a Level 5 Felony; Illegal Possession of a Syringe, a Level 6 Felony; and Habitual Offender, sentence enhancement. 

Trammell entered a plea of not guilty, and the original jury trial was scheduled for Feb. 7 at 8:30 a.m. The court appointed Paul Barada, Jr. to the defendant for legal counsel. The trial has been rescheduled and is currently set for Oct. 31 at 8:30 a.m.

If convicted, Trammell will face a minimum sentence of five and a half years with a maximum sentence of thirty-two and a half years.