Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana’s second district was killed in a car crash Wednesday, police said.
“Dean Swihart, Jackie’s husband, has just been notified by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office that Jackie was killed in a car accident this afternoon,” according to a statement attributed to Ms. Malorski’s office.
The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office said officers responded to a two-vehicle crash on State Route 19. “A northbound passenger car traveled left of center and collided head-on with a southbound sport-utility vehicle,” it said. the statement, adding that all three occupants of the southbound vehicle died, as did the sole occupant of the other vehicle.
Police identified Ms. Walorski, 58, as one of the victims, as well as staff members Zachery Potts, 27, of Mishawaka, and Emma Thomson, 28, of Washington, DC.
Born and raised in South Bend, Ind., Ms. Walorski has been a U.S. Representative for Indiana since 2013.
“Even though we came from very different places politically, she was always ready to work together where there was common ground, always dignified and straightforward, and she cared deeply about her job and her constituents,” Pete Buttigieg, transportation secretary and former Southern mayor. Bend, Ind., said in a statement.
Former Vice President and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said he was heartbroken to hear the news. “She served Indiana in the State House and Congress with integrity and principle for nearly two decades and will be deeply missed,” Mr. Pence said in his statement.
The Elkhart County Coroner’s Office and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office are investigating.
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