Patrol: Crash victim was drunk, driver was not

Staff Report

An alcohol analysis shows Michael Richley was drunk when he was hit and killed by a car the evening of Nov. 28 outside his Brighton Township home.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, his blood alcohol content tested at 0.249 percent — more than three times the legal limit, had he been in the driver’s seat.

But Richley, 51, wasn’t driving. He was reportedly walking or chasing one of his dogs and entered the road from the end of his driveway.

That’s when he was struck by a 2002 Ford Taurus. Driver Ray Hughes, 30, of Berlin Heights, tested negative for alcohol in his system, troopers said.

Hughes didn’t have time to brake and wasn’t sure what he’d hit, he told Sgt. Tim Hoffman of the OSHP’s Elyria Post. Both Richley and the dog died at the scene.

Richley worked in a steel mill in Cleveland and owned apartments in Lakewood, according to a neighbor. He was a graduate of Lakewood High School.

Staff Report