Good Samaritan dies after Ottawa Co. wreck


BLENDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – A good Samaritan who was hit by a car while assisting in another wreck Saturday night northwest of Hudsonville has died.

David Pierson, 51, of Zeeland, stopped to help Jena Esterley, 18, of Jenison around 9:30 p.m. on Port Sheldon Street near 56th Avenue in Blendon Township after she pulled over to check her GPS and accidentally went into a ditch, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Pierson was standing on the driver’s side of the vehicle, talking to Esterley’s passenger, 17-year-old Samantha Brown – who had gotten out of the car – when another vehicle hit Esterley’s car, Pierson and Brown, sheriff’s officials said.

The driver of the vehicle that hit Pierson and Brown, 22-year-old Jeremy Vedders of Hudsonville, told authorities he didn’t see the car or the two people before the crash. Neither Esterley’s vehicle nor Pierson’s, which was parked across the street, had lights on.

Both Pierson and Brown, who were seriously injured, were taken to a Grand Rapids hospital. Monday, a hospital official told 24 Hour News 8 Pierson had passed away.

Brown has been released from the hospital. Neither Esterley nor the Vedders were hurt.

Pierson’s son Kyle Pierson remembered the father and grandfather as a Christian who loved others deeply.

“He just put everyone else first,” Kyle Pierson said. “I would just want people to know that my dad was a great man and that he just wanted to serve and help people.”

Piersons family says they don’t fault anyone for the crash. They say Vedders traveled to the Grand Rapids hospital where Pierson was to support his family.

Esterly’s mother Karen Esterley said she’s grateful for Pierson’s willingness to help others.

“There’s no words to say how appreciative I am for someone that would stop for my daughter to help her,” Karen Esterley said. “I would just hug him. I don’t think there’s any words. I’d just hug him. And thank you. Thank you.”

Funeral arrangements for Pierson are pending.

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