Many are calling Detroit resident Deborah Hughes a hero after she reportedly saved 54-year-old Steve Utash’s life while an angry mob was brutally attacking him.
By now, most people have likely heard the story of Steve Utash, the Michigan man who accidentally struck a 10-year-old boy at a busy Detroit intersection, got out to help him, and was beaten by an angry mob. Opposing Views has provided numerous updates on the condition of Utash, who was beaten into a coma by the group, as well as where authorities are at in catching the suspects. Now, the woman who saved Utash’s life is getting the recognition she deserves for her bravery and willingness to do the right thing.
Deborah Hughes, a retired nurse, witnessed the accident and the group attack on Utash, and once she realized that the attackers weren't relenting, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
"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.”
“I was the only one [who helped Utash]. I said don't kick him anymore, don't hit him anymore, get back,” continued Hughes. “I got on the ground with him and I started tending to his wounds, and I told them do not hurt him again.”
Hughes was given the opportunity to meet with the Utash family to explain what happened and how she was able to stop the mob from killing the 54-year-old.
"I went to your dad and he was unconscious, he wasn't doing anything," Hughes said to Steve’s son Joe Utash. “I go over there and I say, 'Don't nobody else hit him. Don't put your hands on him. Leave him alone!' And everybody backed up and let me go to work on your dad.”
Hughes went on to explain why she decided to help Utash.
“He was so traumatized, this man [Utash] was like, ‘Is he alright? Is he alright? Oh Lord, tell me he’s OK. I’m sorry, I’m sorry,’” said Hughes. “He didn’t drive off. He got out the truck and he walked back, and they just beat him like he was nothing.”
Detroit Police Chief James Craig praised Hughes for coming to the aid of Utash during the frightening ordeal.
"Just her presence, offering aid to this gentleman, may have saved his life," said Craig.
(From left, per the Daily Mail: Wonzey Saffold, 30, James Davis, 24, and Bruce Wimbush Jr., 17)
So far, five people have been arrested and charged for their involvement in the senseless beating.