Case dismissed against driver accused of hitting bicyclist with car
Editor's note: Charles Pope's title and a reference to the judge who dismissed the charge have been corrected.
An 18-year-old driver who police said slammed his car into the bicycle a teen was riding had all charges dropped and his case dismissed Wednesday.
Tyrell Hooks, of Belleville, was charged with assault with intent to murder after an incident on Oct. 13 in Ypsilanti Township’s West Willow neighborhood.
Prosecutors informed District 14B Judge Charles Pope they were unable to continue with the case during a preliminary exam Wednesday, with Hooks’ attorney motioning to dismiss the case. Pope ultimately agreed to dismiss the charge.
Police said Hooks and a 17-year-old Ypsilanti teen were arguing and Hooks followed the teen with his car while he rode away on a bicycle. Police said Hooks drove onto a lawn near the intersection of Seneca Street and Calder Avenue and struck the bicycle before driving away. The incident caused the Ypsilanti teen to be treated for cuts to his torso and his arms, according to police.
It is unknown why prosecutors decided they could not proceed with the case.