Davis avoids jail time for hit-and-run

Gervonta Davis has avoided jail time for a hit-and-run accident in his native Baltimore in November 2020.

On Friday, Baltimore Circuit Juge Althea Handy issued a sentence of two years and sixty days, with all but 90 days of that time suspended. He must serve those 90 days under house arrest in Baltimore, after which he must fulfill 200 hours of community service. He is also required to submit to three years of probation.  

At 1.50 AM on November 20, 2020, Davis ran a red light in his Lamborghini, hit another car, and crashed into the fence of a 7-Eleven. He and a woman who was with him fled the scene in another vehicle. Video showed Davis and the woman exiting that car at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore shortly afterward.

In September, Circuit Judge Melissa Phinn rejected a proposed plea agreement when a pregnant woman who was injured in the accident, Jyair Smith, voiced her opposition.

“I begged Mr. Gervonta Davis; I looked him in his eyes,” Smith said. “I said, ‘I have to get home to my daughter, I’m pregnant.’ He never once came over to help me.”

The judge’s decision will be an immense relief to Davis, to Premier Boxing Champions, and to Showtime, with the fighter less than two weeks removed from scoring a seventh-round knockout of Rayn Garcia in Las Vegas, after which he declared himself the “face of boxing.”

However, his legal troubles are not yet over. Davis is scheduled to appear in court in Broward County, Florida on May 22 in relation to charges of battery after he was arrested following a woman reported that he slapped her on the side of the head last December.

The woman subsequently stated that she did not want to testify and that it is her “absolute, complete, and full desire that this criminal prosecution be withdrawn and terminated.”