Detroit driver clings to life, beaten by mob after accidentally running down 10-year-old

Detroit driver clings to life, beaten by mob after accidentally running down 10-year-old
The victim of a violent beating, Steve Utash, shown with his family

A white Detroit motorist is in critical condition after being beaten by a mob of blacks on the city’s east side after his truck accidentally struck a 10-year-old boy last Thursday. So was the group of bystanders acting on impulse, outraged that the driver, Steve Utash, struck the child and drove off? No, because he didn’t. Utash immediately stopped his vehicle and exited to check on the child’s condition before he was surrounded and brutally assaulted.

To add insult to injury, the hordes that pummeled Utash, kicking him once he was on the ground, robbed the unconscious motorist of his money and credit cards.

A dismayed Sgt. Michael Woody of the Detroit Police Department told the Detroit Free Press:

The guy never tried to flee the scene. He got out to check on the child and was assaulted by people in the neighborhood.

Our chief indicated there was a large group of approximately 30 or more people. But that’s not to say they all took part in the assault, but they did come out to assist the child, and it was a large group at that time. They could have been from that large group.

Utash sustained multiple serious head injuries and is currently in intensive care at St. John Hospital.

Judging from surveillance footage, the child, David Harris, inexplicably ran into oncoming traffic and was struck by Utash’s vehicle as he exited a gas station.

A resident of the community who asked not to be identified said, “This little boy was screaming. There was a lot of people that came out. It was crazy.” She added that she and family were among those who stood by and watched as the driver was beaten senseless by a group of men. Another witness, who also declined to give her name, said of the driver, “He got his. He got beat up real bad.”

Woody said police are searching for the individuals responsible for the assault. According to the Daily Mail, police have ruled out calling the incident a hate crime. “We have no evidence to suggest” that, said Detroit Police spokesperson Jennifer Moreno.

In case you’re wondering about the condition of the child, an update reveals that he is expected to make a full recovery. As for Steve Utash? “He could potentially die,” Woody said.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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