Detroit: 54 Yr Old White Man Clings To Life After Being Beaten By Black Mob After Accidentally Hitting Boy With Truck UPDATE: 2 Arrested So Far
DETROIT (WWJ) – As a 54-year-old Roseville man clings to life in the hospital following a brutal mob beating on Detroit’s east side, many are starting to wonder if the whole thing was racially motivated.
As first reported by WWJ Newsradio 950, an 11-year-old boy suffered a broken leg on Wednesday [April 2, 2014] when he was hit by a pickup truck after walking into the street near Morang and Balfour. The driver, Steven Utash, immediately got out of his truck after hitting the boy and was viciously attacked by 10 to 12 men. The beating was so brutal, Utash was rendered unconscious.
Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody said Steven Utash was not at fault for the accident.
“Our preliminary investigation shows the child stepped in front of his vehicle,” Woody said. “He did exactly the right thing. He stopped his vehicle, he got out and he tried to render aid to a small child. He did exactly what he was supposed to do… It was a small child and it was an accident; is what it was.”
Joseph Utash said he believes his father was intentionally targeted or even worse, that skin color might have played a role. Based on witness accounts, the attackers were African American.
Police are hoping the public can help investigators find those responsible for the beating.
Anyone who witnessed the attack, can identify the assailants, or who has any information about this case is urged to call Detroit police at 313-596-1616. Tips can be made anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
Utash remained in critical condition Friday (April 4, 2014).
His family has set up a fund to help with the hospital bills.
You can donate here: http://www.gofundme.com/81r9sk
DETROIT -Detroit police say two teenagers have been arrested in the beating of a suburban man who was attacked while trying to help a boy struck by his pickup truck.
Sgt. Mike Woody says the 17-year-old and the 16-year-oldmales had a direct role in the severe beating of Steve Utash on Wednesday. He remains in critical condition.
Woody says the arrests were made Saturday, although no charges will be filed immediately while investigators continue their work.
DETROIT (WXYZ) – Detroit Police confirm to 7 Action News they have arrested two people in the beating of Steve Utash, the driver beaten by a group of people after stopping to help a boy he hit.
Police say a 16-year-old boy and 17-year-old boy were taken into custody this morning at their homes. We are told they are not family members of the boy who was hit.
According to Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody, the community helped with the arrests and he credits the neighborhood police officers program. Woody says officers hit the street, stepped up and made key relationships.
The men live in the neighborhood where the attack happened, and information has been sent to the prosecutor’s office.
Police still believe 10-12 people were involved in the attack, so they are not done yet.
If anyone has any information, please call Detroit Police or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-speakup.