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Son of beating victim speaks about violent attack

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DETROIT (WJBK) - The driver who hit a boy in Detroit then stopped to help and was attacked by an angry mob remains in a coma. Two teenagers police say were involved in the beating are now behind bars. Sunday, the victim's son talked exclusively to Fox 2 for the 6pm newscast.

Click on the video player to watch Maurielle Lue's report.

Family members tell Fox 2 Steve Utash remains in a medically induced coma and he's not out of the woods. His son says every time doctors try to bring him out of the coma he panics and tries to defend himself. Joseph Utash spoke to Fox 2 after leaving the hospital where he visited his dad. It's been several days since the victim was viciously beaten by as many as a dozen people.

"The doctor said, 'I can't tell you if he's going to remember you or your daughter,'" Joseph Utash told Fox 2. "That's hard but we know my dad's a fighter. It takes a real bad person to do that. I couldn't even do that to the people that did this to my dad."

Video shows moments leading up to driver's beating

Police say Utash stopped to help a 10-year-old boy he hit with his pickup truck on Detroit's east side. But his son is not sure the story is that simple. Fox 2 has surveillance video from a nearby gas station of the moments just before and after the beating. Joseph Utash has seen the unedited video and he says it shows the children playing a dangerous game, stepping out into the street and then running back before the cars come.

"My personal opinion is they were all out there playing with cars," he told Fox 2. "I watched the last kid in the road touch a van and the kid is just like sitting there sticking his foot out in the road and soon as a car comes by he puts his foot back on the curb. The next thing you know my dad's [truck] comes by and the second kid in the row of four people steps out right in front of my dad's truck."

The 10-year-old was treated and released from the hospital with a broken leg. Police have not confirmed what the video shows but many wonder if it captured racial tension at its worst. The family will not comment publicly about what they think.

"Why'd they beat him up? Did they beat him to rob him did they beat him for the kid? Or did they beat him just to beat him?" Joseph Utash asked. "And that's where the racial thing comes in. Does it make sense they just beat him 'cause he's white. It's too hard to accept that it was a racial thing."

The Utash family has raised more than $80,000 in a GoFundMe account for Steve's medical bills. Click HERE if you want to donate,
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