Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 8, 2014

'Good Samaritan' injured in wreck needs help

TRAVERSE CITY — They called Scott Peterson “Good Samaritan” after the late January car wreck that nearly killed him.

But friends and family said Peterson, a man who would “give a stranger the shirt off his back” needs some payback for a lifetime of good deeds.

“They’re not the type of people who will ask,” said Doug Kaiser, Peterson’s brother-in-law. “He was literally life-and-death for weeks.”

Peterson, 56, remains in an Ann Arbor hospital, more than a month after being pinned between his pickup truck and a car he was trying to free from a snow bank. He stopped along the shoulder of U.S. 131 in Fife Lake Township to help another motorist the evening of Jan. 29.

Peterson’s friends can’t imagine he will stop trying to help others, despite the long recovery ahead and a growing mountain of bills.

“He’s just a friendly guy,” said Jim Yost, Peterson’s life-long friend. “He would do anything for anybody. I heard a few people say this probably won’t stop him from trying to help somebody again ... and that’s probably true.”

For more of Peterson’s story, see the Body & Soul section.

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