Driver viciously beaten after accidentally hitting child in Detroit; he may not survive

Chief Craig
Police Chief James Craig

A man is clinging to life today after he was violently beaten in Detroit for accidentally hitting an 11-year-old boy with his car at a low rate of speed.

Police said the 54-old-year driver got out of the car to check on the victim when a large group of men viciously attacked him, beating him to within inches of his life at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday near Morang and Balfour street on the east side.

The boy, who also was taken to St. John Hospital, suffered less severe injuries.

The driver remains in critical condition and may not survive, police said.

The attack is one reason some drivers are afraid to stop in Detroit after an accident.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.