Detroit, Michigan – The family of a 54-year old man who was severely beaten by a mob after accidentally hitting a boy with his pickup truck, is searching for answers as they grapple with comprehending the attacker’s actions.
“You’re that concerned about the kid, why are you jumping all over my dad and jumping in his truck and stealing his belongings,” Steve Utash’s son, Joe Utash told the Detroit Free Press.
On Wednesday, Steve Utash accidentally struck a 10-year-old boy who stepped off the curb into the pathway of his pickup truck, Detroit Police Officer, Jennifer Moreno, told NBC News. The child’s injuries consisted of a broken leg, and he has since been released from the hospital.
After the accident occurred, Utash immediately stopped his vehicle and stepped out of his truck to assist the child. Upon doing so, he was met by at least ten “juveniles” who stormed the pickup and savagely beat him as he pleaded with them saying he was sorry. His injuries were so critical, that doctors were forced to place him in a medically induced coma, Moreno reported.
“It’s just hard to see him lying in bed and not knowing who we are or where he is or what’s going on,” said his daughter, Felicia Utash.
It has been determined by authorities that the accident was reasonably unavoidable.
“The gentleman, (Utash) had no chance of stopping,” said Moreno.
As they struggle to come to terms with the situation, Utash’s family is desperately trying to comprehend why it led to such a tragic outcome.
“The aggression, I don’t understand why they were so angry at him. I don’t understand any of it,” said Utash’s daughter, Mandi Emerick.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said Utash, “had done the right thing by stopping to check on the boy” and called on witnesses to share what they know about the assailants “so that justice can be served and healing can begin.”
On Saturday, two teenagers were apprehended in connection with the assault, WDIV reported.
“This senseless vigilante style attack is not the essence of who we are as Detroiters and will not be tolerated,” Duggan said.
A fund has been set up by the Utash family in order to assist with their father’s medical bills, and so far, more than 2,000 people have contributed in upwards of $100,000 towards the cause.
Family Searches for Justification After Father is Left in Coma by Aggressive Mob