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Motorcyclists’ rights advocate who opposed helmet law dies in motorcycle accident

Posted on September 28, 2016 11:17 am under Motorcycle Accidents

Michigan state lawmaker Peter Pettalia, who had several years earlier voted to revoke universal helmet laws, died in a motorcycle accident around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, September 12.

Pettalia was headed south on M-33 when he was hit by a pickup truck who changed into his lane. Pettalia was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The truck driver had no injuries.

Representative Pettalia was a Republican and motorcyclists’ rights advocate from Presque Isle. He had been a part of a 2012 act to repeal universal helmet laws that extended to people over 20.

“We are all devastated to hear the news today about Rep. Pettalia,” Cotter said. “Pete was a dear friend and longtime colleague who was well-known for his expertise, his hard work, and his love for the great outdoors.”

Pettalia was the chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and was co-chair of the Financial Services Committee. He leaves behind his wife and two adult children.

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