Just last week, Opposing Views told you about the Detroit man who was brutally beaten by a mob after he accidentally struck a 10-year-old boy while driving through a busy intersection. The man, Steve Utash, is currently in critical condition from the beating, but reports now say that in just days, his family has managed to raise more than $111,000 to help him recover.
According to reports, Utash was driving through a busy Detroit intersection when he accidentally struck 10-year-old David Harris with his pickup truck. Utash immediately got out of the car and ran to help Harris, who suffered a broken leg, but an angry crowd of nearly 100 people formed around the scene of the accident, and the group began to viciously attack the 54-year-old.
“This senseless vigilante style attack is not the essence of who we are as Detroiters and will not be tolerated," read a joint statement from Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones. “We are asking all Metro Detroiters to demonstrate our true character by exercising calm and patience during this emotionally charged time. Most important, we must all keep Mr. Utash, David Harris and their families in our prayers. We also are calling on members of our community who know the individuals involved in this brutal attack to step forward so that justice can be served and healing can begin."
As of Saturday, two teenagers were arrested for the beating, and police are currently searching for more people involved in the incident. Deborah Hughes, a retired nurse who happened to be there at the scene of the accident when it occurred, sprung into action and stopped the group from killing Utash.
"I got over there and I told them don't nobody hit him anymore," said Hughes. "I had a gun in my pocket, I was ready to do some damage if I had to. Somebody had to stand up. It was maybe 100 people out here. Were you the only one who said stop? I was the only one. I said don't kick him anymore, don't hit him anymore, get back. I got on the ground with him and I started tending to his wounds, and I told them do not hurt him again.”
Thankfully, Utash is alive, but his family says he is still in critical condition. They set up a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money to pay his medical bills, and as of Monday morning, the campaign had raised over $111,000.