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Flags ordered lowered for Rep. Pettalia; memorial is Friday

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Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered that flags be lowered Friday in the state Capitol complex and within the northern Michigan legislative district of a lawmaker who was killed in a traffic accident.

Flags will be lowered to half-staff for third-term Republican Rep. Peter Pettalia.

He died Monday when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck whose driver turned into his lane on southbound M-33 in Montmorency County.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday afternoon at the Presque Isle Lighthouse.

Pettalia's 106th House District includes all or parts of five counties along Lake Huron in the northeastern Lower Peninsula.

Snyder says an outpouring of condolences for Pettalia from across Michigan "show how much his commitment to public service was respected and how much he will be missed."

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