54-Year-Old white man brutally beaten on eastside of Detroit

DETROIT, MICHIGAN (DailyRapaid.com) – A 54-year-old man is clinging to life after a mob of 10 – 12 beat him on the eastside of Detroit.

Loving father: Steve Utash pictured with daughter Mandi Marie Utash. He was brutally beaten by a gang of men in a poverty-stricken Detroit neighborhood
Loving father: Steve Utash pictured with daughter Mandi Marie Utash. He was brutally beaten by a gang of men in a poverty-stricken Detroit neighborhood

The incident happened April 2, when 54-year-old Steven Utash stopped his truck to check on David Harris after the boy stepped in front of his truck.

Utash remains in a medically induced coma, nearly unrecognizable due to his injuries. His wallet was stolen from his truck, his son said to WWJ’s Gary Lundy.

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.”

Police declined to say if investigators thought the attack was racially charged.

These undated photos provided by the Detroit Police Department on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 shows, from left, Wonzey Saffold, 30; James Davis, 24, and Bruce Wimbush Jr., 17. The three were charged Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in the beating of a 54-year-old man after he accidentally hit a child who stepped off the curb into the path of his truck on April 2, 2014 on the northeast side of Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit Police Department)
These undated photos provided by the Detroit Police Department on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 shows, from left, Wonzey Saffold, 30; James Davis, 24, and Bruce Wimbush Jr., 17. The three were charged Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in the beating of a 54-year-old man after he accidentally hit a child who stepped off the curb into the path of his truck on April 2, 2014 on the northeast side of Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit Police Department)

Five suspects have been arrested and have been charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to commit great bodily harm.

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 313-596-1616313-596-1616. Tips can be made anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP1-800-SPEAK-UP.

A web page launched to accept donations for Utash’s medical bills has raised more than $146,505,  He has no medical insurance.

The family have said they are grateful for the outpouring of generosity that has come from around the world.

 

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