81-year-old veteran killed while trying to be a Good Samaritan

Posted at 6:31 PM, Jul 19, 2016

Service to his country left Army Sgt. Robert Ybarra with burns and a glass eye, and the 81-year-old never stopped being there for those he thought could use his help.

But Sunday morning, it seems Ybarra's kindness may have cost him his life.

Detroit Police have arrested a 42-year-old man they say was intoxicated when he ran Ybarra over with his car.

Ybarra was on his way home from getting coffee and a donut when he saw a man he thought was in distress in a car on the side of the road.

The man was intoxicated. He allegedly began to fight Ybarra, then ran over the 81-year-old war veteran with his car.

Ybarra survived a day before being taken off life support.

7 Action News reporter Kimberly Craig talked with Ybarra's family. Click on the video above to watch her report.