Driver faces charges after a fatal accident in Columbus

COLUMBUS — A 21-year-old man faces charges after police said he was seen driving at a high rate of speed before a deadly crash in Columbus.

Kevin Shuffitt

Kevin Shuffitt, of Columbus, was charged Friday with three counts of criminal recklessness, reckless driving, driving while suspended and several warrants, according to the Columbus Police Department and online court records.

Police say 44-year-old Jeremy O. Stillabower of Columbus was seriously injured in the crash at 7th Street and Central Avenue at about 6:30 p.m. on the evening of November 8, 2021. He was flown to IU Methodist Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Police report that witnesses saw Shuffitt driving a truck at high speed before crashing into the back of a vehicle at the intersection. He then crashed into the vehicle again, before continuing on into the intersection where he hit a third vehicle. Stillabower was a front-seat passenger in the third vehicle.

Formal criminal charges against Shuffitt were filed by the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office on Friday and he was taken into custody by Columbus police.

Shuffitt was also wanted on several outstanding warrants.