Teen, 16, faces hate crime charges in driver beating

Teen, 16, faces hate crime charges in driver beating

Teen, 16, faces hate crime charges in driver beating

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by USA TODAY

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Posted on April 10, 2014 at 12:50 PM

DETROIT (USA TODAY) — A 16-year-old has been charged with ethnic intimidation in connection with the brutal beating of a motorist in Detroit last week when he got out of his pickup truck to check on the 10-year-old he hit.

The teen, who was part of a large crowd that attacked Steven Utash on April 2, was charged as a juvenile and is not being named. He also was charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm and has a court hearing scheduled Saturday at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said.

Officials have said Utash, 54, was attacked on the city's east side by up to a dozen people, who severely beat the Clinton Township man with their fists and feet. So far, four people have been charged in the attack and a fifth suspect was arrested Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Utash has been hospitalized in a medically induced coma with critical head injuries, according to police and his family. His son said the family is grateful for the more than $145,000 donated through an online fundraiser, but they expect much more will be needed. Joe Utash, 24, said it's costing about $20,000 per day to continue medical care for his uninsured father.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, members of Utash's family and area ministers are expected to attend a Night of Healing on Thursday at Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit. Family members of other victims of recent violent crimes in Detroit as well as Deborah Hughes, a retired nurse who helped Utash after the beating, are also expected to attend.

James D. Davis, 24; Wonzey Saffold, 30, and Bruce Wimbush Jr., 17, were also charged in the attack with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. All three are due back in court April 21.
 

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