‘Holy smokes:’ Car slams into business

Grand Haven business co-owner sustained minor injuries in crash

Grand Haven
A car that hit a Grand Haven business is loaded onto a flatbed following the crash. (Aug. 23, 2017)


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — Millie Jeske was working in her family-owned business Wednesday morning when she suddenly heard wood snapping.

“I turned and I saw wood breaking and I grabbed for this counter and I saw it flipping over,” Jeske told 24 Hour News 8. “And it’s like, ‘Holy smokes!’ And next thing I know, I hit the floor.”

A car crashed into Jeske Pool & Spas on Ferry Street in Grand Haven just before 10 a.m. Jeske was taken to the hospital for minor injuries but returned to the store shortly after.

Melody Pierce was driving the car that plunged into the store. She told 24 Hour News 8 she accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake after pulling in.

Caution tape crosses the space where a car smashed into a Grand Haven business. (Aug. 23, 17)

“All of the sudden, boom!” Pierce recalled of the crash.

Pierce has a local paper route, but not a driver’s license. She said normally her friend drives the route and Pierce rides in the passenger seat. But not on Wednesday. Pierce said she just got her permit last week and decided to drive her friend’s car while her friend rode along.

Both of them were shaken up, but neither were hurt in the crash.

“Very, very embarrassing,” Pierce said of the incident.

Workers at the store spent the morning cleaning up, but the business remained open despite a garage-door-sized hole in its side.

Jeske shared a hug with Pierce an hour or so after the scary moments.

“They’re shook up, they’re worse than I am,” Jeske said of Pierce and her passenger. “I got bumps and bruises. That’s going to heal. I’m hoping they’re going to be OK.”

Pierce was cited for causing the crash. She’s not sure whether she’ll get behind the wheel again to try to obtain a license.

“I don’t know yet,” she said.

Ottawa County dispatchers initially said one person was being transported to the hospital as a “priority one” patient and two others were being treated as priority three patients. However, it turned out no one was seriously hurt.