A 16-year-old has been charged with ethnic intimidation in connection with the brutal beating of Steven Utash, the motorist attacked in Detroit last week when he got out of his pickup truck to check on the 10-year-old he hit when the child stepped into the street, reports the Detroit Free Press. The teen, who was charged as a juvenile, also was charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm. Four others, ranging from 17 to 30 years old, also have been charged.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said that in the cases against the adults, “the evidence does not support a charge of ethnic intimidation.” Officials have said Utash was attacked on April 2 by up to a dozen people, who severely beat the man with their fists and feet. Utash has been hospitalized in a medically induced coma with critical head injuries.