June 12, 2014 at 5:37 pm

2 Detroit men charged with assault in beating of Grosse Pointe Park motorist

Nathanial Szczerbinski before surgery on a fractured eye socket on Monday. (George Hunter / The Detroit News)

Two Detroit men have been charged in the beating of a white Grosse Pointe Park motorist who says his attackers used racial slurs.

Toriano Williams, 20, and Demond Williams, 33, are accused of attacking Nathaniel Szczerbinski, 34, after an accident Saturday at Vernor and Chalmers on Detroit’s east side.

According to authorities, Szczerbinski was driving his car the wrong way about 4:15 p.m. when he was in an accident with a car driven by Desmond Williams, with Toriano Williams as a passenger.

When all of the men got out of their cars, authorities allege the defendants beat and kicked Szczerbinski.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged the defendants with assault with intent to do great bodily harm and aggravated assault. Demond Williams also is charged with driving with an expired license.

The incident, as described by the victim, shares some similarities to the April beating of Steve Utash, whose assault by an angry mob following an accident made national headlines two months ago.

On April 2, Utash, a 54-year-old tree-trimmer was severely beaten by a mob after he hit a 10-year-old boy who ran into the path of his truck. The assault left him in a coma for weeks.

Four men and a 16-year-old were charged in the case. The men are awaiting trial on assault with intent to commit murder, while the 16-year-old was charged as a juvenile with assault and ethnic intimidation.

Utash is now recovering in his Clinton Township home.