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.
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.
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.