A driver is in critical condition at a Detroit hospital after a mob of nearly 30 people brutally beat him when his pickup truck accidentally struck an 11-year-old boy.
Police say that the incident happened around 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday when the driver accidentally hit an 11-year-old boy at a busy intersection. The driver immediately pulled over, got out of the vehicle, and rushed to help the boy, but within minutes, a group of around 30 people ran up and began to assault the driver.
"Our chief indicated there was a large group of approximately 30 or more people,” said Sergeant Michael Woody. "But that's not to say they all took part in the assault, but they did come out to assist the child, and it was a large group at that time. They could have been from that large group."
Police have not said what condition the young boy is in, but they do say that the driver sustained serious injuries and is currently in critical condition. Woody says that he could, “potentially die.”
“This little boy was screaming,” said an anonymous witness of the incident. “There was a lot of people that came out. It was crazy.” The witness added that the driver “got his.”
“He got beat up real bad,” said the witness.
Woody says that police are currently searching for anybody who was involved in the assault, adding that the truck driver didn’t deserve to be beaten for what happened.
“The guy never tried to flee the scene,” Woody said. “He got out to check on the child and was assaulted by people in the neighborhood.”
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.