Detroit mob beating victim Steve Utash is now speaking while in the hospital according to his daughter Emerick. Utash was nearly beaten to death by a mob after he stopped to check on a child that was hit by his pickup truck.
Removing the 54-year-old father from his ventilator on Thursday, doctors are hopeful that Utash will make a full recovery. Following the brutal attack on April 2, Utash has been in a drug-induced coma. After 10-year-old David Harris stepped into the path of Utash’s truck, six people lunged at the middle-aged man while he was trying to help the young boy.
According to Emerick, her father still has a long way to go when it comes to recovery:
“He looked at me and said my name and said, ‘You’re my daughter.’ He’s not really there still. Sometimes he’s able to understand and sometimes he talks just to talk. The doctors have said, ‘Don’t get discouraged.’ It’s really early. They say it’s really good he is able to respond to commands. He says ‘Help me! Get them off me!’ He gets worked up.”
Steve Utash received media attention after Emerick posted her father’s situation on Go Fund Me. Since that time, the Utash family has received over $160,000 in donations for medical treatment and expenses.
The beating caused severe head injuries for Utash. Meanwhile, the boy he was trying to help was treated at a local hospital for his leg and other injuries.
Investigators looked into if the attack was racially motivated as Utash is white and all of his alleged attackers are black. While doctors are stating that Utash will make a full recovery, they are unsure if his memory will be affected by the attack.
Beating Victim Steve Utash Now Speaking in Hospital Says Daughter.