ALPENA, Mich. — The Latest on the death of state Rep. Peter Pettalia (all times local):
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.
The Michigan House of Representatives is postponing votes on legislation for the day due to the death of Rep. Peter Pettalia.
Pettalia, a third-term Republican from Presque Isle north of Alpena, was killed Monday evening in a motorcycle accident in northern Michigan.
A spokesman for majority Republicans says the House will not vote Tuesday as planned on medical marijuana legislation and a supplemental budget bill. Committee meetings are still being held.
Pettalia’s death comes after another state representative, first-term Democrat Julie Plawecki of Dearborn Heights, died in June of an apparent heart attack.
A northern Michigan sheriff says a three-term state lawmaker has died in a motorcycle accident.
Montmorency County Sheriff Don Edwards tells The Alpena News Republican state Rep. Peter Pettalia was killed Monday evening in an accident on M-33 South. 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.