Steve Utash detroit hit and run beating

DETROIT  — As Steve Utash lies in a Detroit hospital bed, with his brain swollen and a gash in his head, he appears to remember the brutal beating that a neighborhood mob inflicted days earlier.

“He wakes up and his arms start struggling and he says, ‘Help me! Help me!” said Terry Emerick, a family friend.

Utash remains in critical condition — two days after accidentally hitting a 10-year-old boy with his company pickup on Detroit’s east side and being pummeled by at least a half-dozen people after stopping to check on the child.

The mob left the 54-year-old tree trimmer from suburban Detroit on the pavement outside a gas station.

Two teens have been arrested in connection to the beating, according to WXYZ-TV 7; Surveillance video of the accident has also been recovered.

A grainy, surveillance video from the gas station camera shows the boy, David Harris, with a group of friends as he steps from a curb into the truck’s path Wednesday afternoon.

“Hit and runs are very common epidemic in this city. This particular gentleman did stop and try to render aid, and did try to help the child, and then the unfortunate events occurred,” said Detroit Police Department Sgt. Michael Woody. Sgt. Woody told WXYZ-TV 7 that the driver did the right thing by stopping to help.

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said Friday that Utash did “the right thing by stopping to check on the boy” and that anyone who can identify his attackers should step forward.

“This senseless vigilante style attack is not the essence of who we are as Detroiters and will not be tolerated,” Duggan said in a joint statement with City Council President Brenda Jones.

The boy is recovering in a hospital from injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

His uncle, Desmond Key, said Thursday that the family does not know any of the attackers. He said family members rushed to the scene after one of the boy’s friends ran home and told them about the accident. Key said he saw six to seven guys punching and kicking the pickup driver as he tried to fight back.

Emerick, whose son is married to one of Utash’s daughters, said Friday that Utash’s paycheck was taken during the beating and equipment was stolen from the truck. Woody said police cannot confirm that Utash was robbed.

Utash lives northwest of Detroit in Clinton Township and occasionally has tree-trimming jobs in Detroit.

Those who know Utash are upset over the beating and concerned about his recovery.

“It’s just pathetic that an accident would happen and everyone would gang up on him like that,” Emerick said. “It’s really ridiculous. The whole neighborhood jumps on him and beats the hell out of him. What prompts people to do heinous crimes like that?”

So far, more than $83,000 has been raised to help Utash with his medical expenses, the Detroit News reports.

If you know anyone in connection to the beating, please call Detroit Police at 313-596-1616 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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3 thoughts on “Detroit Teens Beat Man Who Stopped To Help Child He Hit During Car Accident

  1. Wildflower on said:

    This is what the atmosphere has become. Young black men are being murderer almost daily and it’s no big deal because they are automatically deemed a threat or suspicious. I’m not surprised that you don’t read about more of these incidents happening. Maybe soon white mothers will have to tell their sons that there is a special set of rules for you when you go out the safety of your own home just like the black mothers. It’s sad but until this country is ready for some REAL change it w
    ill be what it will be.

    • IanRousseault on said:

      Sorry Wildflower, but that’s a lie from the pit of HELL. There are no different circumstances for young black and brown men/women. My Parents NEVER, EVER raised me and my siblings with that BULL____!!!! They raised us to believe that yes there are people out there that want to keep you from succeeding and living a great life. But you do not give some else that kind of power over your life. And they were correct. STOP playing this F______ victim card, because there are no victims at all. You don’t give away your power to others, if you want to live a great and successful life, go and do it and STOP the whining. It’s up to you. Not the so-called White Man Boogey Man!!!! Please pull your head out of your ASS. It’s 2014 for heavens sake!!!!!!

  2. IanRousseault on said:

    This is a very sad and tragic story. Why couldn’t the people involved actually listen to Kobe Bryant and as he says’ look at the situation first’, before rushing to a stupid conclusion and acting out in anger? Get the facts about the situation first before you make your own uneducated decision about it! Please find ALL of these Inner City, Thugged Out Animals and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the Law!!!!!!!! Life in prison no parole or the Death Chamber!!!!!

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