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Detroit leaders decry beating of driver who hit, tried to aid boy

Reuters – by KEVIN MURPHY

Detroit’s mayor and city council president on Friday called for calm and condemned the severe beating that bystanders gave to a motorist who stopped to help a 10-year-old boy he had struck with his vehicle.

Steven Utash, 54, who was surrounded by a group and beaten on Wednesday afternoon, remained in critical condition on Friday in a Detroit hospital, police said. The child he hit, David Harris, was released from a hospital on Thursday, they said.  

“This senseless vigilante-style attack is not the essence of who we are as Detroiters and will not be tolerated,” Mayor Mike Duggan and council President Brenda Jones said in a statement.

Police said Utash struck Harris as the boy stepped into traffic near a convenience store.

Utash did the right thing by stopping to aid him, the statement said.

“We are asking all metro Detroiters to demonstrate our true character by exercising calm and patience during this emotionally charged time,” Duggan and Jones said in the statement.

No charges will be filed against Utash, Detroit police spokeswoman Jennifer Moreno said.

The attackers also stole Utash’s wallet, money and credit cards, Moreno said.

Police, as well as Duggan and Jones, asked the public for help in identifying and locating anyone who took part in the beating.

Supporters of Utash, who is from the Detroit suburb of Roseville, have created a Facebook page to raise money for his hospital bills. The page says Utash has no insurance and his family needs help to pay his medical bills.

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Dan Grebler)


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5 Responses to Detroit leaders decry beating of driver who hit, tried to aid boy

  1. Foehammer says:

    The main stream news is saying this was not a hate crime, I guess i’ll leave this alone then because ABC said so.

  2. Jolly Roger says:

    Here’s a good case in favor of the hit-n-run solution to these little mishaps.

    “Did I hit someone? I thought that was a pothole.”

  3. No good deed goes unpunished is some places.He did the right thing in this case and paid the price and im sure nobody saw a thing!

  4. Tom says:

    more proof for the need to be armed, and have at least a few magazines extra, and nothing but high capacity

    nahh, couldn’t have been racial …pffffft

  5. Tom says:

    amazing how no one knows anyone that was involved, but if it were the other way around the cops would already have abused their rights

    wonder how many will get what I just said

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