On the night of October 12, 2019, a reckless teenager behind the wheel of his family's 2008 Audi A6 destroyed an entire family when he struck their Toyota, going 116 miles an hour.
Kumasi Biswakarma, 40, and her 24-year-old daughter, Anju, were killed. The backseat passenger, 22-year-old Srijana Biswakarma, suffered debilitating injuries.
JaShawn Scott, 17, the 18-year-old driver's buddy who sat in the front seat, also died.
Attorney Russell Flickinger represents the Biswakarma family in civil lawsuits against the driver. It's been nearly three years since the tragedy, but Flickinger says the family continues to mourn the loss of their loved ones. "It's been difficult for the family to move on," he says.
The teen a Franklin County grand jury indicted on three counts of vehicular homicide and one count of aggravated vehicular assault has not only moved on, but he's playing college football in another state.
Court records show that Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Colleen O'Donnell permitted Kobie Stillwell, a former football standout at Gahanna Lincoln High School, to attend Tennessee State University for the 2021-2022 academic year. The roster list Stillwell as a sophomore punter. Stillwell is not permitted to operate a motor vehicle and must check in with the court weekly, according to court records.
If the name Stillwell sounds familiar to Buckeye fans, it should. Kobie is the son of former OSU linebacker Obie Stillwell. It's a well-known name in Columbus and one that appears to carry some weight with Franklin County judges.
The court set Kobie Stillwell's bond at $25,000 even though police found an AK47 in the backseat of the car. Stillwell's charges carry a firearms specification. Stillwell's lawyer, Sam Shamansky, contends that the firearm is a "lawful family-owned" weapon.
Since Stillwell's arraignment in February 2020, his lawyers have filed about a dozen continuances.
Then there are those privileges granted by Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge O'Donnell.
In July 2020, Judge O'Donnell allowed Stillwell to accompany his family on vacation to Ft. Lauderdale.
That same year, Judge O'Donnell permitted Stillwell to attend Fork Union Military Academy, a prestigious all-male college preparatory school in Virginia. According to the school's webpage, tuition is $23,120 a year plus $2,150 for a cadet uniform.
Stillwell played free safety and punter on the school's post-graduate football team.
And as mentioned, Judge O'Donnell allowed Stillwell to attend Tennessee State University and play on the football team.
Stillwell, 21, is in Nashville with his teammates, preparing for Tennessee State University's season-opener on September 3 at Eastern Washington University. Inching closer to his dream of getting a shot to play in the NFL.
Kumasi Biswakarma, Anju Biswakarma, and LaShawn Scott can't chase their dreams. Kobie Stillwell robbed them of that.
The trial is set for October 11.
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