Beaten driver Steve Utash making slow progress

(WXYZ) - As each day goes by, Steve Utash grows tens of thousands of dollars more in debt with medical bills.

He is slowly recovering from the gruesome beating he endured about three weeks ago.

“Still very confused. Every day is different.  So we just take it day by day,” said Debbie Harms Utash’s former sister-in-law.

“The support is unbelievable-- all the support and cards he receives is amazing.”

Harms, who is still close with family members, told 7 Action News there are a few fundraisers to help with hospital expenses.

One is taking place Friday and Saturday, April 26th, at Winners Bar and Grill, off Harper in Clinton Township.

There will be live bands both nights.

Twenty-five percent of the proceeds will go to Utash’s medical care.

“We want everyone to come out tonight to enjoy the good music, the great food, the good drinks to help the Steve Utash family all while having a great time at winners,” said waitress Amber Rhodes.

Locally, close family and friends are amazed at all of the generosity they have received from strangers, even after weeks have passed by.

They are also touched by the acts of kindness from people across the country.

According to Harms, she was surprised by a call she got from a woman in Massachusetts.

“They wanted to see where her daughter could send her birthday gift and funds from her birthday and I couldn’t even believe it,”  said Harms. “She says she is in a small town of 750 and people talk about it everyday.  She said I just found your name of Facebook and I thought I would call.  I started to cry.”

“The Steve Utash incident… it was very saddening,” said Rhodes.  “Now that we are able to help someone in our own community… it makes me feel good.”

Harms is holding another fundraiser Wednesday April 30th  from 5:00pm – 9:00pm at American Pie Pizza and Salads at 11557 E 12 Mile Road in Warren.

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