A Detroit driver's truck hit an 11-year-old boy yesterday, but the boy is in better condition than the driver—because after he stopped and got out to check on the boy, he was beaten by a crowd of onlookers. "He got his," one anonymous witness tells USA Today. "He got beat up real bad." He also, according to WXYZ, got his wallet stolen. What's not clear is why: The unnamed 54-year-old does not appear to have broken any traffic laws, and only hit the boy because the child stepped off the curb in front of the truck, police say.
It was "just an accident," says one police officer. "The man did try to stop and render aid. He did everything he could exactly right." Now he's in critical condition with serious head injuries, and "could potentially die," the officer adds. Apparently, locals are unhappy with the way cars speed up and down the street, where children routinely play, though no one has said this driver was speeding. In this case, one witness says the 11-year-old victim was trying to cross the street with his friends, and neighbors ran outside when they heard him screaming. Police think about 12 men were involved in the beating, and they're asking for information about people who may have been involved, the Detroit News reports.