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Mob attacks motorist who hit boy

By Corey Williams

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:14 a.m. HST, Apr 03, 2014

DETROIT >> A suburban Detroit man was in critical condition Thursday with severe head injuries after a neighborhood mob beat and kicked him when he stopped to check on a 10-year-old boy who stepped from a curb into the path of his pickup.

The 54-year-old man, whose name was not released, was being treated at a Detroit hospital as police scoured the east side neighborhood where he was attacked Wednesday afternoon. The boy, David Harris, was expected to recover from his injuries, according to Desmond Key, who said he was the 10-year-old's uncle.

The driver -- who lives just north of Detroit in Macomb County's Roseville -- wasn't at fault in the accident, said Detroit police Sgt. Michael Woody.

"A preliminary investigation shows the kid stepped off the curb in front of him," Woody said. "No way he could have stopped in time."

On Thursday, marked and unmarked police cruisers crisscrossed streets around Morang and Balfour where the accident occurred about 4:10 p.m. Wednesday.

No arrests were made in connection with the beating, but Woody said the boy's father was taken into custody Thursday on an unrelated warrant.

"At this time, he is not a suspect" in the attack, Woody said.

Key, 21, said David and some friends were walking to a store from their homes when the boy was hit by the truck. One of the youths raced back to David's home and told the family about the accident.

"I heard that he ran out in the street," Key said. "When I showed up my nephew was on the ground screaming."

Meanwhile, the driver was getting pummeled in the driveway of a nearby gas station.

"The guy definitely was trying to fight back, but it was too many guys," Key said. "When he finally had enough of trying to fight back he just fell to the ground. When he fell to the ground they kicked him a couple of times and then they left him alone."

Key counted six or seven attackers.

"We don't know those people that did that to that guy. Our main focus is on David," he said. "We weren't cheering it on. We weren't rooting for it."

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Grimbold wrote:
Don't get out of the car in "minority who are the majority in jails" neighborhoods. Cannot use the proper word for fear of being politicaly improper.
on April 3,2014 | 08:25AM
HD36 wrote:
This is the beggings of an economic collapse. Civil unrest. Detroit is ground zero. Must have been a white guy in the truck to make the news because black people are murdered everyday and found chopped up in dumpstrs. -National Geographic
on April 3,2014 | 08:47AM
serious wrote:
Correct, I flew troops in there during the 60's when they had the race riots. Where's Jesse and Al????
on April 3,2014 | 09:33AM
cojef wrote:
Too busy living the high life. No issue here, white gets mauled only.
on April 3,2014 | 10:00AM
Mei mei wrote:
what a pathetic and shameful portrayal of a typical neighborhood in Detroit - tsk tsk!
on April 3,2014 | 04:46PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
It's only a matter of time before Obama speaks out on this - as he did in the Trayvon Martin case. Otherwise people might call him a hypocrite.
on April 3,2014 | 11:54AM
serious wrote:
Get off it. Obama will only get on TV and blow off his mouth when the blacks need him--basketball star declares he's gay, Harvard black professor is arrested, "he could have been my son", then look at all the scandals: "We'll get to the bottom of this"--how many times have we heard that? And the results are? "Does it really matter?"
on April 3,2014 | 04:45PM
scooters wrote:
Obama would say: if I had a son he would look like the boy who had "walked in front of the truck".
on April 3,2014 | 09:01PM
Anonymous wrote:
Sad, when the driver is NOT at fault. Some look for any reason to be judge, jury and executioner, like the recent Ewa Beach incident.
on April 3,2014 | 07:00PM
SteveToo wrote:
Typical "slum" action. LIke throwing garbage out of their windows.
on April 3,2014 | 08:46PM
scooters wrote:
Getto action.
on April 3,2014 | 09:01PM
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