A 34-year-old Boardman man is expected in Mahoning County Area Court today to answer to charges relating to a hit-skip accident, during which troopers say the man’s blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Richard Pavlik, brother of former world middleweight boxing champion Kelly Pavlik, was traveling west on U.S. Route 224 about 5 a.m. Friday when he drove left of center and hit a car that was stopped at a red light at Route 224 and Market Street.
Troopers said the car that was hit was pushed off the road, striking a fire hydrant, and then Pavlik fled the accident. The driver of the car, Edward Smith, 66, of North Jackson, and his passenger, Richard Smith, 63, of Austintown, were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Troopers charged Pavlik with operating a vehicle under the influence and hit-skip.
Online court records indicate Pavlik’s blood-alcohol content was 0.231. The legal limit in Ohio is 0.08.