Thanking a hero


POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 11:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 11:09pm

Family of Detroit beating victim meets Good Samaritan who may have saved his life. Hank Winchester reports.

(WDIV) Deborah Hughes is the retired nurse who rushed to save Steve Utash as he was being beaten by an angry mob on a Detroit, Michigan street last week.

On Tuesday, Hughes met Utash's family for the first time.

"I went to your dad and he was unconscious, he wasn't doing anything," Hughes told Utash's son, Joe Utash.

Steve Utash accidentally struck a 10-year-old boy with his pickup truck when the boy stepped in front of the vehicle April 2. The boy, David Harris, suffered minor injuries. At least a half-dozen men jumped Utash after he stopped to help.

Utash remains in critical condition. Two men and a teen face charges.

Hughes might be the one person who can help this family understand what really happened that day.

"I go over there and I say, 'Don't nobody else hit him. Don't put your hands on him. Leave him alone!' And everybody backed up and let me go to work on your dad," she said.

She described to Joe how she helped his father, who had suffered critical injuries. Awake for just a moment, Steve Utash asked Hughes just one question.

"He said, 'Is the boy dead?' That's all I heard him say and I said, 'No baby. He's gonna be fine,'" she said.

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