Several hundred gather at vigil for beaten driver


DETROIT (AP) — Several hundred people are gathering at a Detroit church to stand against racism and pray for a white motorist beaten by a black mob after he stopped to check on a child struck by his pickup truck.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan joined clergy of various faiths Thursday evening at Historic Little Rock Baptist Church. The family of the motorist, Steve Utash, also attended the "A Night of Healing" event.

The 54-year-old Utash was attacked April 2 when he stopped to help 10-year-old David Harris.

Utash remains hospitalized with severe head injuries. Harris suffered a leg and other injuries.

A 16-year-old boy is charged as a juvenile with assault and ethnic intimidation. Four men are charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm.

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