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Good Samaritan killed in car-pedestrian crash in Ottawa County

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:59 PM

Emergency workers rushed to the scene of the crash at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. They took both David Robert Pierson, 51, and one of the teens, Samantha Brown, 17, of Hudsonville, to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital with serious injuries.

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Koster said that crash occurred after a vehicle driven by Jenna Easterley, 18, of Jenison, had pulled off the eastbound lane of Port Sheldon Road to check her GPS unit.  She pulled too far off the road, however, and went into the ditch. 

Her passenger, Brown, got out of the car to talk with Pierson, who had stopped to see if the girls needed help.  As Brown and Pierson talked on the driver’s side of Easterley’s car, another vehicle slammed into the three of them.

That vehicle was driven by Jeremy Vedders, 22, of Hudsonville. He was also driving east and told police that he didn’t see the car or people until after he struck them. Koster noted that there were no lights on Easterley’s car at the time of the crash.

Neither Vedders nor Easterley suffered injuries in the collision, but Pierson and Brown were both sent to Spectrum with injuries. Brown was treated and released from the hospital, but Pierson later died.  

Friends reached out to Pierson’s family members through social media after word of the crash spread.  Lisa Bos wrote that she was thinking about Pierson’s loved ones, and noted that “Life can change so quickly.”  Jason and Katie Brewer wrote, “Praying for you and your family.”

Capt. Steve Kempker said the crash remains under investigation.

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