Crash kills law­maker who fought hel­met law

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS - Paul Egan LANS­ING

A Repub­li­can state law­maker who had pushed to re­peal a hel­met law was killed Mon­day when a truck pulled out in front of his mo­tor­cy­cle, the Michi­gan State Po­lice said Tues­day.

Rep. Peter Pet­talia, R-Presque Isle, was wear­ing a hel­met at the time of the 5:30 p.m. crash, the MSP said.

The law­maker was south­bound on M-33 in Mont­morency County when “a pickup truck driven by a 59-year-old woman from Fairview turned left, di­rectly into his lane of traf­fic,” the MSP said in a news re­lease. “His mo­tor­cy­cle struck the pickup truck broad­side.” Pet­talia was on his way to Lans­ing for Tues­day’s ses­sion of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The House con­vened Tues­day, but of­fi­cials said it would not be vot­ing on pend­ing bills out of re­spect for Pet­talia’s sud­den pass­ing.

Trib­utes poured in for the 61-year-old law­maker who chaired the House Trans­porta­tion Com­mit­tee and was com­plet­ing his third and fi­nal two-year term in the state House.

Rep. Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, said on Face­book that Pet­talia was “a great leg­is­la­tor

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