Hit-and-run driver crashes into veteran's home on Detroit's east side

Retired veteran says driver damaged porch, roof of home

By Sandra Ali - Anchor/Reporter , Derick Hutchinson

DETROIT - A married couple on Detroit's east side will be forced to pay thousands of dollars to clean up their home after it was damaged by a hit-and-run driver.

The house looks like one of the city's abandoned, dilapidated structures, but the couple has been living there nearly 40 years.

Tyrone McKinnon said he's used to dangerous situations, but now that he's retired and in his 70s, he never expected something like this to happen.

"I jumped out of airplanes with the 101st airborne," McKinnon said. "Demolition expert, green beret -- you wouldn't know it looking at me."

He was relaxing in bed and watching television when someone drove a car into the front of his house.

"All of a sudden, I heard this big boom," McKinnon said. "I couldn't get out that door. I went around the back."

Making matters worse, the driver took off, and now McKinnon is stuck with a destroyed porch and damaged roof on the home.

"I didn't have anything to do with it," McKinnon said. "I just wanted to get my property fixed."

He knows the repairs won't be cheap.

"Nobody's going to jump up and give us money to get the porch fixed right away," McKinnon said.

But he said he's thankful because the crash could have ended up much worse.

"Someone could have gotten injured, could have gotten killed," McKinnon said. "So I'm counting my blessings."

McKinnon and his wife, who is recovering from a stroke, are still living in the house. A building inspector from the city said even with the damage, the home is still safe.

The driver responsible for the crash still hasn't been found.

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