Pettalia’s death was confirmed by legislative leaders, but no additional details regarding the accident have been released. Michigan State Police and Montmorency County sheriff’s dispatcher say a statement would be released at a later time, according to several news sources.
News outlets report that Pettalia was on his way to Lansing for Tuesday’s legislative session when the accident occurred. Pettalia, a longtime resident of Presque Isle, leaves behind his wife, Karen, and two adult children.
Governor Rick Snyder issued a statement praising Pettalia for his years of service and time as a volunteer firefighter and township supervisor.
The following information is provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).