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Arrests Made In Attack On Detroit Driver Who Struck A Boy

Two teen suspects have been arrested in the mob attack that put Steve Utash in the hospital where he remains in a medically-induced coma.

Arrests Made In Attack On Detroit Driver Who Struck A Boy
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Two arrests have been made Saturday in the brutal attack of a Detroit man who accidentally hit a young boy with his car.

Steve Utash immediately got out of his vehicle to check on 10-year-old David Harris who was hit after running into the street. That's when a mob swarmed Utash, beat him unconscious and robbed him. (Via WXYZ)

The Detroit Free Press reports 54-year-old Utash, pleaded with the attackers and apologized for striking Harris, who suffered from minor, non life-threatening injuries.

Police believe the 16- and 17-year-old suspects arrested were two of 10 to 12 people who were involved in the attack, which was captured on surveillance footage from a nearby gas station. (Via Detroit Free Press)

The incident outraged many nationwide. Some have even questioned whether it was a targeted hate crime.

WWJ-TV reports police did not say whether they believe it is a hate crime, but Utash's son thinks skin color might have played a role — saying, "As far as a hate crime, it might be."

UTASH: "He was saying, 'Sorry, sorry,' but it wasn't good enough for the people that were there."

EMERICK: "The need to pull him away and beat him like that, I'll never understand the motive." (Via  WXYZ)

In a statement, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan calls the attack "senseless vigilante" and "is not the essence of who we are as Detroiters." (Via WXYZ)

Utash, who doesn't have health insurance, remains in a medically-induced coma. A GoFundMe page raised more than $70,000 as of Saturday to help fund his medical bills.