Skip to comments.Heat-packing, retired nurse stopped Detroit mob from beating man to death
Posted on 04/09/2014 4:00:22 AM PDT by Kaslin
Taking a stand.
You may have heard about this story, although maybe not as much as we're hearing about it in the Detroit-area media. It happened last week, when a man from the suburbs named Steven Utash accidently hit a young boy with his car, then jumped out of the car to check on the boy. A mob of approximately 12 youths, having seen the car hit the boy, subsequently attacked Utash and severely beat him.
It now looks as if Utash is going to live, but we're only hearing today about the reason the beating apparently stopped short of killing him.
Writing in the Detroit News, my friend and fellow Tiger fan George Hunter introduces us to the courageous Deborah Hughes:
The retired nurse said Monday she didn’t hesitate when she saw a group of men savagely beating Steven Utash last week, after he got out of his pickup on the city’s east side to check on a 10-year-old boy he had hit with his vehicle.
“Nothing was really going through my head, other than ‘They need to stop beating this man,’ ” said Hughes, 56.
The incident started about 4:10 p.m., when Utash, a tree trimmer, accidently struck 10-year-old David Harris near Morang and McKinney. Hughes, who lives across the street, said events unfolded quickly.
“I looked out the window and saw that the boy had been hit, so I threw on my coat and ran out there,” said Hughes, who is retired from the St. James Nursing Center in Detroit.
Hughes also made sure to pack her .38 caliber pistol. “You have to carry a gun around here,” she said. “This neighborhood is terrible. I don’t walk around without my gun.
Hughes's first instinct, naturally, was to tend to the boy, who was sitting on the ground in the street crying while he father was in the store. (Why his father went into the store and left a 10-year-old outside on the street . . . yeah, let's leave that for another day.) As the father emerged from the store, Hughes informed him that she was a nurse and asked him to let her try to calm his son down.
But her focus quickly changed when she saw the mob descending upon Utash and beginning to beat him, and she realized that if someone didn't intervene, they might very well beat Utash to death.
Now the story doesn't indicate that Hughes pulled her gun, so if you're hoping for a pro-gun narrative that includes the armed citizen firing a shot in the air and warning everyone to back off or else, I can't give you that. But you do have to wonder if she would have had the same courage had she not been packing.
By the way, much of the reporting of this incident comes with a racial undertone because Utash is white, the boy he hit is black, and the mob appears to have been mostly black (as is Hughes). Hughes indicates that she heard nothing racial as she was approaching the mob, and further that the mob did not resist her as she a) told them to back off; and b) worked on Utash. By massaging his neck, Hughes was able to get Utash's blood circulating. Once he came to, he started kicking and flailing his arms - understandbly considering what he had just been going through - and she had to restrain him with the help of the EMS drivers who were by that time arriving.
There is a lot that's ugly about this entire incident, but Deborah Hughes is a hero for sure. We need more people like her, not just in Detroit (where we desperately need that), but everywhere.
Watch someone come forward and accuse her of menacing the crowd with a firearm.
Good. Unfortunately, not many like her.
The tale is not about a boy being hit and uninjured it is about the plague that is killing American cities. We all know what it is but it is racist to say it.
We know the cure but it can’t be stated. Feeding and caring for the poor has rendered the cities uninhabitable
I take my hat off for Ms Hughes for her bravery and calmness. There truly are good people in every race.
As for the “yutes” that beat the tree trimmer, perfect examples of “street rats” who just wait for the opportunities to surface so they can spring into action.
Odumbo, with his failure to even request “civil calmness” has helped create this mess, allowing the division and hate in our country. I will NEVER forgive him.
After reading and posting earlier, it made me wonder...... did she have a permit?
Am I correct?
From what I hear the Utash kids already went on national tv propaganda and spouted the usual PC banalities of this not being a hate crime. So they are dumber than rocks, as dumb as any other lib kid.
Well, my thought is in medicine if a body is invaded by a disease, one finds anti bodies to kill it or the host dies. I think for places like Detroit radiation therapy should be the prescribed drug of choice. Of course this is sarcasm but:
When the nation was somewhat prosperous it was possible to keep this matter under cover kind of like the not so social aunt who was kept in her bedroom out of sight of guests. Today with monsterous deficits at the federal, state and local levels we have cut to the bone sacraficing our defenses for the sake of keeping the domestic peace. That time has now past and it is time to re-evaluate where our money is going to ensure the survival of the nation IMO. In fact, our Constitution, today more of an artifact than a guiding set of principles, in Article one, section 8, stipulates exactly what the fed government can do and taking care of the cities is not part of it.
Holder is investigating- to prosecute her!
starvation is a powerful motivator
I consider it a ransom that we pay to keep them fed, housed, and drugged enough to stay out of the suburbs. Its not compassion, nothing the left does is compassionate, it is a ransom demand. The ransom is money, power, control, guilt, race based preferences.
We seem to mistake a ransom demand (no just-us, no peace) for christian charity.
Not when this lady is living there.
What do you mean by from what I hear the Utash kid already went on national TV propaganda the the usual PC banalities of this not being a hate crime?
This sounds like a rumor you are trying to spread. The kid and his sister were on Fox and Friends and it was the police who said it was not a hate crime. There had been reports earlier of a guy shouting: “Hit the white guy” If this is true it is clearly a hate crime
No, IMHO most media won’t mention the gun at all.
“After reading and posting earlier, it made me wonder...... did she have a permit?”
I’m guessing probably not. But, regardless, she should get out of Detroit asap before she gets jumped and beaten same as the dude who’s life she saved.
The Detroit News article clearly quoted her as saying she DIDN’T have a gun, but if she would have she would have used it.
Unless the dozens of other articles are all wrong, this version is false, there was no gun on her at all.