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Pavlik’s brother charged with OVI, hit-skip

Published: Tue, September 25, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


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.


1chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Is ths really newsworthy for a respected publication? Or is it trashy tabloid material?

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2dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I take it chuck is a friend of family? It is news when a drunk causes accident then runs away. That is a crime dumba$$did you not think it news when a judge in y town was busted drunk driving? Again chuck, driving drunk is a CRIME!

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3Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

He should go to California like his brother and clean his act up. Useless fool.

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4endthismess(435 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Who cares about this continuos habitual ongoing public drinking problem which the Pavlick males have?? This is not news....just plain stupid reporting. Really??!!

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5boxerlover(133 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

When the Vindy stops reporting hit-skip accidents caused by intoxication, no matter who the guilty party (or alleged guilty party) is and something like this happens to you who criticize that this is not news you would wonder why it was never reported. Unbelievable.

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6babyvancise(1 comment)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

If it had been your family member thatwas hit by a drunk driver and then left for dead you would think it was news worthy too!!!! Thankfully there was a person with a conscience that morning that seen the accident and the drunk driver reported it and caught the drunk driver or our family could have died.... We know Richard Pavlik did not have a conscience that morning........

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7youallareidiots(1 comment)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

trying very, very, very hard not to go off the handle at the few comments questioning the newsworthiness of this. I wonder what would happen if he gets on the road again, only this time hits and kills one of YOUR family members CHUCK! All because he got off this time!! Would you STILL feel that it's not newsworthy????? Just asking?

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8KathleenandLori(1 comment)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Inquiring minds would really like to know what the ignorant uneducated ppl think "real" news is exactly? A VERY, VERY INTOXICATED man, TWICE THE LEGAL LIMIT struck a vehicle and fled the scene of the crime. The two completely innocent ppl who were the victims are family members of two of our closest friends. So what the ARRESTED man was at a bar... NO ONE PINNED HIM DOWN AND POURED ALCOHOL DOWN HIS THROAT THEN FORCED HIM TO DRIVE!!! Ever heard of calling a CAB? Or calling a friend to pick you up? Guess not... THIS IS CALLED "BEING A RESPONSIBLE ADULT!" HE IS GUILTY AS SIN AND DESERVES THE HARSHEST ARM OF THE LAW, PERIOD! Bet none of you would make these ridiculous comments if your Father and Uncle were laying in a hospital bed lucky to be alive...

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9dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Are you for real, vinyl jfc you people kill me that want to stick up for this post.

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10Sarahsmiles5(1 comment)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

This story is newsworthy! It's newsworthy because people who drink and drive can hurt and kill innocent people whose main mistake was being at the wrong place at the wrong time. When Mr. Smith and his brother set out at 5am, they were going to the hospital, where the elder Smith was set to have knee replacement surgery. (Vinytalk) He was not our drinking or picking up women as your ridiculous post suggested.

It's newsworthy because when his BAC is twice the legal limit, and at 5am no less, you can bet its not the first time Richard Pavlik has been behind the wheel in this condition. (endthismess) People should care- and not because he is the loser brother of some local boxer, but because he is a criminal- and when you drink and drive- and hurt someone, or not for that matter- you are guilty and reckless and should be punished accordingly. And if/when this is not your first DWI/DUI- then it shows that somewhere the system is broke and needs to be fixed. (Hulkster) It's not a story about reviving down town by allowing people to drink and drive. Surely local businesses can find other ways to turn a profit.

It's newsworthy because Mr. Smith is someone's father and grandfather and certainly deserves more that what Richard Pavlik gave him that day. Anyone could have been the victim of this senseless act- your friend, or father or husband. Imagine that. You'd be pretty pissed if that story wasn't reported (chuck_carney)

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11Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Why wouldn't this be newsworthy? Every drunk driver in a hit and run should be in the news, no matter who it is. If your going to blast this article then blast these articles to across the country. And this was just a five second search.





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12BadlandsJay(1 comment)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I'm a Journalism major at YSU, so yes this is newsworthy, no matter who did it. Now I know Ricky, I've hung out with him several times, and went to high school with him. He's picked me up several times, or I met him out. There has been quite a few times where I'd call him to go out and he'd be studying for nursing, or had to wake up early and stayed in. Every time we'd go out he'd worry about drinking too much because he didn't want to get behind the wheel. He'd crash at my place because it was close to where we were just to be safe. Comparing him to his brother is apples and oranges believe me. A waste or a "loser" he is not. He does his own thing and didn't want to ride on his brothers coat tails for the rest of his life. He was definitely in the wrong for what happened, he knows that. I don't know the circumstances, but it was probably one of them nights that just got away from him. It happens, and it happened to me a few times. (Not this severe, but thank god it didn't)
I know people on the Vindy forums lead perfect lives and never make mistakes, their careers are perfect, along with friends, family, and every decision they ever made. So it gives people the right to judge people they don't know. I'm no saint, I've made mistakes and still do. Ricky never said a bad word about any one, was always careful, and educates himself on numerous subjects. Unfortunately this ONE mistake will define him to the public. I'm not saying he should go free, or is innocent on the matter. He probably had a bad night that should of been handled differently. Period. Breathalyzers are BS sometimes, .08 is not drunk, sometimes twice that is not that drunk. A breathalyzer can read high depending on what you last swallowed. A few strong shots, and then breathing right after would probably put you well over the legal limit. Again, I'm not saying he wasn't drunk, but he does not live his life that way. He's not a booze hound seven nights a week. Not even three nights a week. Maybe ONE. We worship musicians and actors no matter what kind of pot smoking, alcoholic, drug addicts they are, but when a member of our community makes a mistake we wanna throw the book at them and put em out with the trash. I hope the victims are ok, and wish them the best. I hope Ricky gets through this tough time because he's better then this.

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13dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Is this the same brother who was with has been ill have a drink boxer brother when property was damaged by..DRUNKS ON 4 WHEELERS??? Stop defending the pos as long as people enable him he will keep doing it.

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14Laurieljc(63 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Let's face it, the only reason that this was even in the paper is because it is Kelly Pavlik's brother. I am not condoning what he Rick Pavlik did, not in any way, but I think that ALL people who drink or drive and get caught, need to have their names in the paper....and stiffer penalties need to be in place for those who drink and drive. But the headline of this story says it all-the first few words tell you why it is in the paper-PAVLIK'S BROTHER

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15Laurieljc(63 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

And let me say something else. People have a right to be outraged. But don't be outraged by something that someone does that you do or your husband' or teens do. Look at the statistics of those who drink and drive. It is hard to calculate just how many do it because the statistics are based from either police/court records or polls in which people have admitted to drinking and driving. There are so many that do it and don't get caught or don't admit that they do. But we know it happens in every family- Alcoholics and people who drink and drive. So instead of looking at a family and calling them worthless and losers for something you or your family members or friends do, remember that your words posted here are not going to change that family, but you have direct contact with yours. Try to make your difference there.

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16DSquared(1622 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Geez, I guess this is the first time a drunk driver hit another car! I didn't see the list of all the other DUI's for the week in the Vindy. Is there a reason this one is so news worthy?

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17dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

uh laurie? its news because he HIT SOMEOM
NE!!!!!!!!!! or did you not see that?and no, i do not drink and drive do you? you must since you seem to want to defend it and say ourselves or kids or spouses do it. and in case you dont know, EVERYONE THAT IS CAUGHT DRIVING DRUNK HAS NAMES IN PAPER, ITS CALLED THE COURT RECORDS

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18southsidedave(5175 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

More drunks on display...stop the madness.

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19Laurieljc(63 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

uh, Dawn? All people who drink and drive should have their name in the papers. But why dont they make the headlines? This guy did because he was Pavlik's brother. Poor reflection on the Vindicator. And poor reflection on you if you actually think that his being Pavlik's brother had no bearing on him making the headline. And you lie if you say that there is no one in your family or among your friends who has never drank and drove or does not have a problem with alcohol. The statistics say otherwise. What is it that YOU ARE DOING to combat the problem of drinking and driving? Or are you just sitting on your rear end making comments in the Vindicator??

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