$100,000 raised for man beaten by angry crowd in Detroit

Steven Utash found himself in critical condition last Wednesday afternoon outside of a gas station after accidentally hitting a boy with his truck. After Utash immediately stopped his car and got out to check on the boy, a group of what police say is up to a dozen people began attacking the man. The ten year old boy, David Harrish, suffered a broken leg from the accident and is expected to recover.

Steven Utash, who currently remains in critical condition at a hospital in Detroit, does not have health insurance to cover the cost of his injuries received from the beating. A campaign has been setup on the crowdsourcing website “gofundme” in order to help cover his medical expenses. At the publication of this article, over $126,000 had been raised by 3070 people in a little over 4 days. The crowdfunding campaign was started by one of Utash’s daughters.

Detroit policed confirmed that two adults and two teenagers have been arrested and charged with assault for the beating of Utash. The two adults are aged 30 years old and 24 years old. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones issued a statement about the beating. The statement condemned the attacks: “This senseless vigilante style attack is not the essence of who we are as Detroiters and will not be tolerated” a portion stated.

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