Crowd beats Detroit-area man after he hit boy with pickup truck

A man beaten by a crowd after an accident in Detroit is more seriously injured than the boy he hit, a police spokesman says.
By Frances Burns   |   April 3, 2014 at 3:18 PM   |   Comments

DETROIT, April 3 (UPI) -- A Detroit-area man who got out of his truck after he accidentally struck a boy was in critical condition Thursday after being beaten by a crowd, Detroit police said.

Sgt. Michael Woody said the boy, 11, was less seriously injured than the man who hit him, described only as a 54-year-old Roseville, Mich., resident. Woody said the man suffered serious head injuries when a mob of 10 or 12 men converged on him Wednesday afternoon in Detroit.

The boy apparently walked in front of the truck, Woody said.

“My understanding is that it was a low-speed accident. It was exactly that -- just an accident,” Woody said. “The man did try to stop and render aid. He did everything he could exactly right.”

Police had made no arrests Thursday morning in the beating.

Both the boy and man are in the same hospital, Woody said, adding the man “is still in critical condition and it’s really not looking all that good.”

[Detroit Free Press]

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