Detroit truck driver out of hospital six weeks after mob beating
(Reuters) - A driver beaten unconscious by a mob as he tried to help a child he struck accidentally with his truck in Detroit six weeks ago has been released from a hospital, a spokeswoman for the facility said on Saturday.
Steve Utash, 54, who was on a ventilator for about a week after the attack, left Detroit Medical Center's Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan on Thursday, said Cheryl Angelelli, a hospital representative.
Four men are facing attempted murder and assault charges in connection with the attack and a 16-year-old boy faces charges of assault and ethnic intimidation of Utash, who is white. All five defendants are black.
Police say they were part of a group of bystanders who advanced on Utash on April 2 after he left his truck to check on a 10-year-old boy he accidentally hit with his vehicle.
The child, David Harris, was treated for a leg injury and released from hospital a day after the collision.
A campaign on a fundraising website to pay for the Utash's medical bills has raised more than $180,000.
(Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York, Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Gunna Dickson)