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Detroit man accused of running over 81-year-old Army vet

Tywaun Coakley charged with murder

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DETROIT – A 42-year-old Detroit man has been charged in the death of an 81-year-old Army vet who had stopped to break up a fight. 

Tywaun Coakley was arraigned Wednesday on charges of felony murder, manslaughter with a motor vehicle, failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death, and felonious assault. 

Coakley is accused of running Robert Ybarra over Sunday morning in the 1600 block of West Lafayette Boulevard. 

Ybarra’s family said he recognized one of two men who were fighting on the side of the street, so he stopped to intervene.

The suspect initially took off in a car, but returned and hit Ybarra, pinning him against his own car.

Ybarra suffered two broken bones, cracked ribs, and a head injury that ultimately ended his life the next day. 

“He loved everyone,” said Ybarra’s daughter, Tanya Hensley. "He was one of those neighborhood dads that people could count on. If you needed groceries, he'd take you. He'd buy them."

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