Teen charged in attack that left Detroit driver in coma

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(CNN) — A 17-year old has been arrested after police say he was among 10 to 12 people who attacked a driver on the East Side of Detroit last week, leaving him in a coma, Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a news release Monday.

Bruce Edward Wimbush attacked Steven Utash, 54-year old grandfather, after a car accident, Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody told CNN. He was charged with assault with intent to murder, Worthy said.

Utash was driving through the east side of town in his truck when he inadvertently struck a young boy who had stepped into the road, Woody said.

Utash immediately stopped his vehicle to help the boy when he was allegedly “severely beaten” with “fists and feet,” the prosecutor’s release said.

A second suspect, a 16-year old boy, was also arrested in connection to the attack, but prosecutors are still deciding if he will be charged as an adult.

Utash remains hospitalized in a medically induced coma.

“It’s hard to see him lying in the bed, not knowing who we are, where he is or what’s going on,” Felicia Utash, the victim’s daughter, said about her father.

She, her brother and sister set up a GoFundMe page for their father, who they say doesn’t have insurance. Donations have exceed $115,000.

The prosecutor’s office said the boy who was struck by Utash’s truck was taken to a local hospital and treated for a leg injury. Woody said that he was unsure of the extent of the 10-year-old’s injuries but that he is at home recovering from the accident.

Police have not revealed a motive for the attack on Utash but said the investigation is widening and they expect to make other arrests.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones issued a statement Friday in response to outrage over the incident, asking for calm and patience from all Detroiters.

“This senseless vigilante style attack is not the essence of who we are as Detroiters and will not be tolerated,” the statement said.


  • dave

    doesnt have insurance?well we know from obama that cannot be true.and we all know what happen here.

  • Rae Weatherford

    It looks like from the video the man obviously did not have enough time to stop and avoid hitting this child, What do they think they accomplished by beating this man, the a@#holes should have been focused on helping the child, I hope that these people are caught and charged “All of them” and as for the driver I hope he recovers fully and has a chance to look this a@#holes in the face on court day, of course I’m glad that the child will be OK and has learned his lesson about running out in the street, And I fully agree with Richard these are not your average human beings :( Feeling disgusted!

  • vaughndk

    Blacks are a disgrace to the human race. Everything is someone else’s fault yet they make their own choices and ignore facts. Facts like slavery was started in Africa by blacks. Tribes would catch rival tribe members and sell them into slavery. I am SICK of blacks playing the race card. I’m SICK of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton igniting racism when they are two of the biggest racists in America. Name one predominantly black country that contributes on the world stage. You can’t. What does that tell you? Every time a white / latino / asian person does something to a black it gets on national news but when blacks do something like this (or search Derrion Albert) it gets very little attention and face it, blacks kill each other more than anyone else. I think every race in America is getting sick and tired of blacks crying all of the time about slavery and racism. The reason there is racism towards blacks is because of events just like this.

  • B Addy

    Police have not revealed a motive?? Do they have to?
    I think everyone knows what the motive was , and if the attackers were white it would have already been pointed out.

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