Detroit man charged with killing Good Samaritan, 81

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

A 42-year-old Detroit man was charged in the murder of an 81-year-old Vietnam veteran who, according to his family members, was trying to be a Good Samaritan when the suspect allegedly hit him with his vehicle Sunday, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday.

Tywaun Tramel Coakley is accused of striking and killing Robert Ybarra around 9:35 a.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of West Lafayette. Authorities say Coakley stole a car and drove away. Shortly after that, Coakley allegedly hit Ybarra with the vehicle on West Lafayette. Authorities say Coakley failed to stop and was later apprehended on Howard Street.

WXYZ-TV reported that Ybarra, a father of seven and grandfather of nearly 30, came across a motorist he thought was in distress and stopped to help him but the man, who was intoxicated, began fighting Ybarra, then ran over him.

Coakley has been charged with felony murder, manslaughter with a motor vehicle, failure to stop at an accident resulting in death and felonious assault. He was arraigned Wednesday in 36th District Court and remanded to the Wayne County Jail, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The defendant’s next court hearing is 9 a.m. Aug. 2 before 36th District Court Judge Kenneth King. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. July 27, also before King.

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