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Posted on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 5:17 p.m.

Man deliberately hit bicyclist with car after argument in Ypsilanti Township, deputies say

By Lee Higgins

Authorities said a teenager slammed his car into a bicycle another teen was riding after the two got into an argument Thursday in Ypsilanti Township.

Tyrell Hooks, 18, of Belleville was arraigned Friday at the Washtenaw County Jail on a charge of assault with intent to murder.


Tyrell Hooks

Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies said Hooks and a 17-year-old Ypsilanti boy he knows got into an argument about 4:45 p.m. Thursday in the township's West Willow neighborhood. It's unclear what the two were fighting about, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tom Pennington said.

As the argument ended, Hooks got into his Honda sedan as the boy rode away on a bicycle, Pennington said. Hooks followed the boy, Pennington said, driving onto a lawn near the intersection of Seneca Street and Calder Avenue as the boy attempted to elude him. Deputies said Hooks then struck the bicycle with his car and drove away. Hooks was later arrested.

The victim initially declined medical attention, but was ultimately treated for cuts to his torso and one of his arms, Pennington said.

Hooks remains jailed on a $25,000 cash or surety bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 26.

Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at



Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 3:10 p.m.

No excuses but: I almost feel sorry for the accused because he's going to end up with a record and "feel" the consequences a long time. OTH: how else should society and its legal system respond to such acts? I'm a cyclist and have studied self defense for a long time. Every cyclist knows you don't "win" against cars and trucks, they're superior weapons under the control of an aggressive (anger management failed) person. Most experienced cyclists try first to avoid responding to verbal insults or provocations. If that fails, just get clear of the threat - and call 911 for police assistance. The other "first rule" is to keep one's own skirts clean and not do things which are illegal or provocative to incite driver anger. Notice in this case, the confrontation apparently was something personal and not a "road incident" per se. So I guess the other rule is to avoid inter-personal conflict in general. In other words: try to be the nice person you know yourself to be.


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 1:08 a.m.

He should have a record. I'd be curious to know if he already has a record.

Billy Buchanan

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 2:23 p.m.

Only a $25,000 cash or surety bond? Sounds as though a crime to committ murder would deserve a higher Bond than $25,000?


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 3:05 a.m.

What was the argument about?


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 1:51 a.m.

That's felony assault, basically attempted murder, and a few other nasty charges. I can see him getting 3 years probation, Anger management classes, no police entanglements, and the man looses his drivers license for several years., plus some. I see it as a cowardly act, what ever happened to fists? Every body wants to use deadly objects to fight anymore. A coward is a coward, and that's all they are. It's right above abusing a child in my book.

5c0++ H4d13y

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 12:33 a.m.

As a cyclist I NEVER NEVER NEVER put myself in front of driver like this. I always wait for them to drive off. I call it the Easy Rider rule.

Life in Ypsi

Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 11:39 p.m.

He's actually from West Willow.


Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 11:25 p.m.

This would never have happened in Ann Arbor. We have clearly marked bike lanes and clairvoyant drivers who can tell if someone is even thinking of crossing the street.

Phillip Farber

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 10:22 p.m.

I see no point in making light of this assault especially at the expense of Ann Arbor's attempts to make cycling and walking safer for all concerned.


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 1:42 a.m.

Hahahahahahaha, funny guy you

Ron Granger

Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 10:55 p.m.

Does pushing a laundry cart in prison require special training?

Ron Granger

Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 10:54 p.m.

Important clue from the story: The alleged perp was from Belleville. It's printed there, in BOLD. But the fact that he *has a car* means he could travel to other cities...