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Sponsor of helmet law repeal dies in motorcycle crash, was wearing helmet

Sep 13, 2016

The sponsor of the law to repeal Michigan’s mandatory helmet law was killed Monday night in a motorcycle crash. 

Michigan State Police report that State Representative Peter Pettalia was wearing a helmet when he died.

Pettalia was riding a motorcycle on M-33 in northern Michigan’s Montmorency County.

Pettalia was the sponsor of the 2012 law that repealed the helmet requirement for motorcyclists. A recent study found motorcycle fatalities in Michigan jumped by 23 % between 2014 and 2015 and researchers say the repeal of the helmet law almost certainly played a role.

Pettalia chaired the state House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He was serving his third and final state House term, and briefly considered a run for Congress earlier this year. Pettalia was 61 years old.

*This story was last updated 12:01 p.m.