April 4, 2014, - 5:26 pm
As you begin your weekend, please pray for the recovery of Steve Utash, the White victim of the racist Black Detroit mob, about whom I told you yesterday. Utash, a working-class tree trimmer, is the man who found himself in the unfortunate situation of accidentally hitting a 10-year-old Black kid, who darted into the middle of a street and into oncoming traffic in Detroit.
Utash, as I told you, did the morally right (and legally required) thing by pulling over to see if the kid was okay and trying to help him. And, as a result, he was subject to a severely brutal beating at the hands of 10-20 Black men, who nearly killed him. Utash has been in a coma in the hospital since then–and could die, while the kid has knee abrasions and a swollen lip. There’s a lesson in this for anyone driving in an urban Black neighborhood. Just keep driving and call the police from your cellphone. Otherwise, you could end up in the same place as Utash. You could choose to be liberal and ignore all of this and have an “open” mind, but you might also end up with an open (cracked open) head.
Clearly, Utash is a good guy. He could have sped off, but wanted to check on the welfare of this kid who just ran into the middle of traffic and whose parents were nowhere to be seen. And for that, Utash may have given his life. Let’s hope not. Put this kind man in your prayers and say a prayer for his recovery.
Steve Utash, a tree trimmer from Roseville, is a good guy, the kind who cares about others and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it, his daughter says. Thursday night, his family was keeping vigil at St. John Hospital and Medical Center, where he was unconscious and clinging to life after being beaten by a group of men on Detroit’s east side Wednesday. The attack happened after his pickup truck hit 10-year-old David Harris, who stepped off a curb into its path. His daughter, Felicia Utash, said that after he was beaten, he was robbed of his money, his wallet and his credit cards.
Utash, 20, said her family is devastated. “What happened to my dad is a shame,” she said via a Facebook message. “He was doing the right thing like he always does. He’s a tree trimmer for a living and makes sure all the squirrels were out of a tree before he cut it down,” Utash said. “He’s an amazing dad and person. He’s very loved, and those kids should be ashamed.”
She said her father suffered multiple head injuries and still had not regained consciousness Thursday night. He doesn’t have health insurance, and the family plans to set up a fund-raiser to cover his hospital bill.
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At a Thursday news conference, Detroit police Sgt. Michael Woody said Steve Utash “is still in critical condition, and it’s really not looking all that good.” . . . According to Felicia Utash, her father was on his way home from work in his company’s pickup when the accident happened. Steve Utash got out to check on him and attempted to render aid at about 4:10 p.m. near Morang and Balfour. A large group of men quickly gathered and began beating Utash, according to Woody.
Police have said they don’t believe Utash was speeding or broke any traffic laws. Woody said that the preliminary investigation indicates the boy stepped in front of the pickup. The child’s relatives insist that none of them touched Utash. Duston and the boy’s uncle, 29-year-old Desmond Key, said they heard people saying the driver tried to flee when he was beaten, but they didn’t see anything to indicate that he was trying to run away.
Yes, he pulled over and got out of his truck, but he “was trying to flee.” Keep on lyin’, racists. If he were trying to flee, he’d have sped up and kept on driving.
“We don’t know who they are,” Key said of the people who beat Utash. Police arrested the child’s father on an unrelated warrant and are questioning him about what he knows in regard to the assault, Woody said. “Whether or not he was actually involved in the assault, that still has yet to be determined,” Woody said. . . . Felicia Utash said the family will announce a fund-raiser in the coming days to help cover her father’s bills.
“He doesn’t deserve to have (medical bills) hanging over his head forever,” she said. “This isn’t fair by any means. It hurts me to know how much pain he’s in, and there’s nothing I can do about it but sit here with my sister and hope for the best.”
Again, say a prayer for this poor man. May G-d bless him and help him recover.
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