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Daughter: Beating victim now speaking in hospital

April 11, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — A motorist beaten by a mob when he stopped to help a Detroit child struck by his pickup truck is speaking with family members at a hospital.

Mandi Emerick tells The Associated Press Friday that doctors took her father off a ventilator Thursday and that Steve Utash is able to talk to his children and others.

Emerick says the 54-year-old Utash often still is incoherent, but doctors have told them not to “get discouraged.”

Utash is in critical condition and had been in a drug-induced coma after the April 2 attack by at least six people on Detroit’s east side.

Four adults are charged with assault and attempted murder. A 16-year-old boy faces a hearing Saturday on assault and ethnic intimidation charges. The motorist is white; the attackers were black.

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