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“You just came out swinging:” Illinois man accused of brutally punching man near UW-Whitewater

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WHITEWATER (WITI) --  This week, an Illinois man was accused of throwing one punch near the UW-Whitewater campus. The legal aftermath means he'll face a felony charge in court. Now, the victim is sharing the results of the punch -- and the pictures show the brutality of that one swing.

The victim didn't want to speak with FOX6 News on camera, but the pictures he shared show how just one punch can lead to life-long problems.

"It usually stays quiet around the neighborhood," a Whitewater resident said.

But in one apartment complex just off the UW-Whitewater campus, the sound of arguing, fighting and a devastating upper-cut hit more than the ears of a visitor.

20-year-old Kollin Kozik was struck on March 2nd.

He was hit hard enough to eventually lose two teeth. The strength of the impact forced his bottom teeth through his lip -- requiring surgery.

Some of the pictures taken of Kozik after he was hit aren't suitable for broadcast.

Prosecutors say 20-year-old Michael Beasley-Hart, a UW-Whitewater student, threw what's described as "a full knockout punch" -- according to court documents.

Investigators say Kozik and his friends wanted to go to a party off Franklin and Walworth -- but they were not alone.

The group left and shouting followed. Some of Kozik's friends got into an altercation, but he says he walked away and was blindsided by a student he had never met.

Since the injury, Kozik has gone through the extraction of a tooth and temporary and permanent bridges.

He may have permanent nerve damage, and has difficulty chewing solid foods -- even months after it happened.

In court documents, Beasley-Hart told police he was retaliating after a friend was hurt -- but officers reviewed a text message sent to him from a friend, reading: "You have no idea who you hit. You just came out swinging."

FOX6 News contacted Beasley-Hart's family in an effort to reach him for this story -- but he did not return our call.

Kozik expects his medical bills to eclipse $10,000.

6 comments

  • triplea

    Should have let them in the party. It is dangerous to try and play jim crow with Africans today, they may knock your teeth out. They say history repeats itself, but they could never say in what manner.

    • robert kelly

      “It is dangerous to try and play jim crow with Africans today, they may knock your teeth out.”
      You mean like Trayvon Martin who got a bullet in his chest for his felonious assault?

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