Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, was killed in a motorcycle accident Monday evening, according to the Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS).
A Presque Isle resident since 1977, Pettalia is survived by his wife, Karen, and two grown children.
Pettalia, a third-term member of the House, was chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
According to MIRS, the Montmorency County Sheriff's Office and the Michigan State Police were working the accident scene.
Michigan Republican Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel released a statement late Monday: “Representative Pettalia was a tremendous public servant during his far too short time in the Michigan House. He was a tireless advocate for the people of his district and their interests in Lansing. His commitment to his constituents cannot be overstated. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
The Free Press reported Sunday that Pettalia had reintroduced a bill vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder that would limit the use of aftermarket auto parts that aren't made by the original car maker. Pettalia owned a car repair shop.
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