Larry Yarbray Sr. Dies in a Bike Accident: Ex-Coppin State Basketball Player and Coach’s Cause of Death

DOVER, Del. (AP)- Larry Yarbray Sr., former standout Coppin State basketball player and coach at Delaware County Community College, died in a bike crash on Saturday. He was riding a bicycle in Dover, Delaware. Here’s everything you need to know about the tragedy.

Larry Yarbray Sr. was just 51 at the time of his untimely death. The Delaware County Daily Times announced the unfortunate news as the police continue to carry out investigative activities at the crash site.

Larry Yarbray Sr. Bike Crash: How did it happen?

Larry Yarbray Sr. was riding his bike in Dover, Delaware, on Saturday, September 11, 2022, with a group of cyclists when he lost his balance and moved into the opposite lane of travel where a pickup truck coming from the opposite direction hit his bike.

Troopers arrived at the site at around 8:20 AM and figured out Yarbray was biking northbound on Apple Grove School Road. He was moving in the middle of the roadway while traveling in a pack of bikers separated into two rows.

Yarbray then ran into a cyclist who slowed in front of him and lost control. This made him veer into the southbound lane where a 23-year-old guy driving a 2012 gray GMC Sierra hit the right side of Yarbray’s bicycle.

The collision sent Yarbray under the car and he landed on a grass shoulder of the southbound lane as confirmed by the Delaware State Police. The pickup driver was not injured in the accident.

Larry Yarbray Sr. was pronounced dead in Bayhealth Kent Campus

Larry Yarbray Sr. was rushed to the nearby health facility, Bayhealth Kent Campus, where he was pronounced dead due to losing too much blood from the fatal injuries that caused internal bleeding.

The police are investigating the crash site and Yarbray’s body is kept for autopsy. The funeral will be held after the investigation gets over.

Who was Larry Yarbray Sr.?

Larry Yarbray Sr. was born in 1971 in Chester, Pennsylvania. He was a star point guard on Coppin State’s men’s basketball team from 1988 to 1991. He was also the key player in the Eagles’ Mid-Eastern Conference championship and the team’s first appearance in the NCAA tournament in 1990.

Yarbray Sr. holds the university’s career record for assists, with 622. He later transitioned into coaching roles and started guiding young players at schools and colleges.

Larry Yarbray Sr was the boy’s varsity basketball coach in Chester High School for nine years. He led the team to win five Del Val championships, four Pennsylvania District 1 championships, and two Pennsylvania AAAA State championships.

After that stint, he became the men’s basketball head coach at Delaware County Community College in Media, Pennsylvania, for five seasons. He was also a middle school dean at Chester Community Charter School in Pennsylvania.

Yarbray Sr. was a regular rider of former Chester basketball and football players’ bicycling club “Chester Cycling.” He was riding his bike with the group at the time of his death.

Chester Community School CEO, David Clark Jr. pays tribute to Yarbray Sr.

The Chester Community Charter School’s CEO, David Clark Jr. has paid tribute to Larry Yarbray Sr. He revealed that he has known Yarbray for more than 27 years.

“Everybody loved Larry,” he said. “He was good with the teachers. He was good with the students and he was good with the parents,” he told the Associated Press.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Yarbray’s family. May God let the departed soul rest in peace.