UPDATE: Names of couple involved in fatal accident released.

April 26, 2016

OCSO cruiserBy Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

ROTHBURY — Donald Pider, 34, of Hesperia died early Tuesday morning, April 26, after jumping from a moving vehicle on Winston Road near Bartlett Road.

Pider jumped from the vehicle following a disagreement with his wife, Christy Pider, 33, of Hesperia, said Lt. Craig Mast of the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office. The couple was at a party, and Donald wanted to return but his wife did not, so he jumped from the vehicle, Mast said.

Sheriff’s deputies, Grant Township Rescue and Oceana EMS responded at 4:33 a.m. to a report of a man lying unresponsive next to the road.

Donald Pider suffered severe head injuries and died in the ambulance en route to the hospital, Mast said.

While he was being treated at the scene, a motorist pulled up and identified herself as his wife. She said they were riding together and left a party. She told deputies they had an argument in the car and Donald said he was going back to the party, and then he jumped out.

Mast said Christy Pider told deputies she made a couple stops, and then came back to the scene where she found emergency crews assisting her husband. Mast said that she told deputies that she stopped to check on her children, who were being watched by a grandparent, and that she stopped at Wesco for pizza.

Donald Pider’s body has been sent for an autopsy, but his injuries appear to be consistent with a fall from a moving vehicle, Mast said.

Christy Pider was arrested for operating while intoxicated, and the case has been forwarded to the Oceana County Prosecutor’s Office for review.