A woman and her three children, including one infant, were injured in a crash Tuesday evening on State Line Road on the Ohio and Pennsylvania border just outside of North Beaver in Lawrence County.
Travis Panezich, 19, of Poland, failed to obey a stop sign while intoxicated at about 8 p.m. at the intersection of Stateline Road and West Poland Avenue and t-boned the driver’s side of a mini van driven by Chad Hilliard, 45, of New Castle, Pennsylvania State Police said.
He was charged by police with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, underage possession of alcohol and reckless and careless driving. Police said Wednesday they will add a charge of possessing marijuana after they found the drug inside his car during a search.
Hilliard’s wife Courtney Hilliard, 31, and their three children, ages 5, 3 and 6 months, were also in the vehicle. Police said Chard Hilliard and the three children suffered moderate to serious injuries and Courtney Hilliard suffered minor injuries.
Some were flown via emergency helicopter to St. Elizabeth Health Center and others were taken by ambulance. No specifics were given as to who was flown to the hospital.
The impact of the crash caused Hilliard’s 2005 Buick Terraza van to spin counter clockwise, rollover once, strike a tree and land in the front yard of a residence.
Panezich was given field sobriety tests and taken to Jamestown Hospital in New Castle for alcohol and drug testing and to be treated for a minor hand injury, police said.
The intersection was closed while the scene was cleared.