UPDATE 1:05 p.m. – Michigan State Police say a lawmaker was killed in a motorcycle accident after he collided with a pickup truck that turned directly into his lane of traffic.
The crash occurred at 5:30 p.m. Monday on southbound M-33 in Montmorency County’s Loud Township in northern Michigan. Rep. Peter Pettalia, who was wearing a helmet, struck the truck broadside, according to a state police statement issued Tuesday.
The driver of the pickup truck was alone and not injured.
State troopers and Montmorency County sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate the accident.
All voting in the Capitol was suspended today out of respect for Rep. Pettalia.
ALPENA (AP) – A northern Michigan sheriff says a three-term state lawmaker has died in a motorcycle accident.
Sheriff Don Edwards tells The Alpena News Republican state Rep. Peter Pettalia was killed Monday evening in an accident on M-33 South in Montmorency County. Pettalia’s death was also confirmed by legislative leaders.
No further details were immediately available. A Montmorency County sheriff’s dispatcher and Michigan State Police told The Associated Press a statement would be issued later.
Pettalia was elected to his first term in 2010. Gov. Rick Snyder issued a statement offering condolences to Pettalia’s family and saying flags will be lowered in his honor.
GOP House Speaker Kevin Cotter called Pettalia a dear friend and longtime colleague well known for his expertise, hard work and love for the outdoors.