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From left: Mandi, Joe, Steven and Felicia Utash (Family Photo)


Two arrested after man who hit boy with truck was beaten by mob

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - A suburban Detroit man was in critical condition Thursday with severe injuries to his head after a mob of youth beat and stomped him after he stopped to give aide to a 10-year-old boy who walked into the street in front of his vehicle.

Two Detroit teenagers were arrested Saturday in an attack on a suburban man who was brutally beaten by a mob after accidentally striking a boy with his pickup truck.

Cars enter local business at the scene of an attack on Wednesday at the street corners of Morang and Balfour on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Detroit. where a 54 year old suburban Detroit man was beaten by a mob and left in in critical condition with severe head injuries after he stopped to check on a 10-year-old boy who stepped from a curb into the path of his pickup. (AP Photo/Clarence Tabb Jr)

Investigators believe the 17-year-old and 16-year-old males had a direct role in the beating of Steve Utash, said Sgt. Mike Woody, a Detroit police spokesman.

Utash remained in critical condition Sunday, four days after the attack on the city's east side. An online fundraising campaign has brought in at least $115,000 for the man's medical bills.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan released a statement saying, "This senseless vigilante style attack is not the essence of who we are as Detroiters and will not be tolerated."

"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.

Utash was on his way home from work when he accidentally struck 10-year-old David Harris with his truck near a gas station on Morang and McKinney . When he stepped outside to check on the boy, a group of about 12 men at the gas station approached him and began beating him.

Rev. Horace Sheffield III, community leader, Executive Director of the Detroit Association of Black Organizations (dabo) and Chairman of the Detroit Ecumenical Ministers Alliance said, "“Now is the time for all of us, not just Detroiters, but also all descent God fearing human beings to decry the viscous and seemingly near life depriving assault upon a 54-year man who accidentally hit a child while driving on the eastside of our city.

The prominent black pastor, called on the public to go block by block to find the "heartless perpetrators."

It's important for community members "to prove that we equally deplore justice and unbridled brutality no matter what color the victim is or of the one committing it," Sheffield said in a statement.

The boy who was hit, David Harris, is expected to completely recover from his injuries, according to Desmond Key, who said he was the 10-year-old's uncle.

"A preliminary investigation shows the kid stepped off the curb in front of him," Woody said. "No way he could have stopped in time."





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