Michigan Man Beaten by Mob Released From Hospital 6 Weeks After Attack

Steven Utash (center) surrounded by his family. 
Steven Utash (center) surrounded by his family. 

A Michigan man savagely beaten by five men after he accidentally struck a 10-year-old boy with his truck has been released from the hospital some six weeks after the attack, the New York Daily News reports.

Steven Utash, a tree trimmer, was driving in Detroit on April 2 when a 10-year-old boy slipped from the curb and into his path. Utash struck the child and then stepped out of his pickup to check on the boy. Young men in the neighborhood who knew the boy told police that they lost it after seeing him injured and began kicking and punching the 54-year-old Clinton Township, Mich., man.

According to the Daily News, Utash was in a coma for two weeks before he was moved to a rehabilitation facility from which he was recently released. 

Utash is back home and isn't interested in the notoriety that the attack has brought him. Utash's son, Joe Utash, told a Detroit news station that his father had declined its interview request, but noted that his family was grateful for the outpouring of support they had received.


Since news broke of the beating, scores of people have donated to a GoFundMe.com site created by Utash's daughter to help cover medical costs. In six weeks, the site has raised close to $200,000.

The child injured in the accident suffered a broken leg and was treated and released from a local hospital the same day of the accident. Four men—Latrez Cummings, 19, James Davis, 24, Wonzey Saffold, 30, and Bruce Wimbush Jr., 17—have been identified by police as being the main assailants in the attack and have been charged with attempted murder. 

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with assault and ethnic intimidation in the attack on Utash, who is white. The boy and the four men accused in the attack are black. 

Read more at the New York Daily News.

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