A suburban Detroit resident received a near-fatal beating from a group of individuals after striking a 10-year-old boy who ran in front of his truck on a busy street.
The man, Steve Utash of Roseville, is currently in critical condition with severe head wounds.
According to nearby surveillance footage, 10-year-old David Harris inexplicably ran into oncoming traffic and was struck by Utash’s car.
Utash immediately exited his vehicle to check on Harris, but a group of about a dozen onlookers reacted to the incident, descending upon the scene and attacking Utash.
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Utash’s family had suggested that the incident may have been a set-up or a hate crime because Utash is white and his attackers are black, but police quickly dismissed those theories.
“We have no evidence to suggest it’s a hate crime,” said Detroit Police spokeswoman Jennifer Moreno, according to the Daily Mail.
Harris suffered a broken leg from the incident. James Duston Jr., the boy’s godfather, claimed that he and the rest of his family did not support the attack on Utash.
“We don’t condone that at all,” Duston said, according to the Detroit Free-Press. "I told his mom and she was just like, no, we wouldn’t want that to happen."
Late Saturday, two teens were arrested in connection with this attack.