Howard City man charged in fatal Pierson hit and run


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 11:29 am on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ronald Williams

STANTON— A Howard City man has been charged with a fatal hit and run three months after the accident occurred.

Ronald Williams, 57, was arraigned last week and charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident, resulting in serious impairment or death — a felony with a maximum sentence of five years and/or $5,000.

Williams is scheduled for a pre-trial Monday and a preliminary examination Tuesday in 64B District Court in Stanton.

Tyler Helton

Tyler Helton, 20, of Sand Lake, was riding a bicycle on Stanton Road between Jones Road and Maple Hill Road in Pierson Township when he was struck by a full-size Ford pick-up truck shortly after 9 p.m. April 21.

Williams allegedly fled the scene. He turned himself into the Michigan State Police around 6:15 a.m. the next morning after seeing news reports about the accident.

Helton was airlifted to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, where he died.

Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the accident.

Helton, the son of Martin “Marty” and Marcia Helton of Sand Lake, was a 2010 graduate of Tri County High School. He had always wanted to be a soldier and was scheduled to join Marine bootcamp this month, according to his girlfriend, Dahlia Standhardt, 28, of Sand Lake.

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