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Indiana GOP Congresswoman Jackie Walorski killed in car accident

Indiana GOP Congresswoman Jackie Walorski killed in car accident

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Republican Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski died Wednesday at the age of 58.

Walorksi, who represented Indiana’s 2nd congressional district, was killed Wednesday afternoon in a car accident in Elkhart County, Indiana.

“At approximately 12:32 a.m. on August 3, 2022, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle accident on SR 19 south of SR 119,” the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News Digital in a statement. A northbound passenger car drove left of center and collided head-on with a southbound SUV. All three occupants in the southbound vehicle died from their injuries: Jackie Walorski, 58, Elkhart, Indiana Zachery Potts , 27, Mishawaka, Indiana Emma Thompson, 28, Washington, D.C. The lone occupant of the vehicle northbound, Edith Schmucker, 56, Nappanee, Indiana, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation into the crash is being conducted by the Elkhart County Coroner’s Office and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.

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Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., attends the House Ways and Means Committee Trade Subcommittee hearing on “The Effects of Tariffs on U.S. Agriculture and Rural Communities” on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.
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Two of the others who died in the crash, Zachery Potts and Emma Thomson, were working on Walorski’s staff.

“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. She has returned home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to be,” Walorski’s office said in a statement. “Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. In addition to the devastating loss of Congresswoman Walorski, it is with a broken heart that I announce the passing of two devoted members of her staff, Zach Potts and Emma Thomson. They were the embodiment of civil servants who cared deeply about the work they performed on behalf of the voters of Indiana’s Second Congressional District.”

Republican minority leader Kevin McCarthy responded to the news on Twitter.

Fellow Republican from Indiana, Rep. Jim Banks, called Walorski a “dear friend and one of the greatest civil servants I have ever known.”

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“I am devastated and saddened to learn of the tragic passing of my dear friend Jackie Walorksi and two of her staffers,” Republican Representative Steve Scalise said in a press release. “Jackie was a key member of our conference and was a member of my deputy whip team for several years. She was a champion to the people of Indiana and she will be remembered for her kindness, tenacity and dedication to helping others.”

UNITED STATES - APRIL 4: Rep.  Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., talks to guests at the Kosciusko County Republican Fish Fry in Warsaw, Ind., on April 4, 2018.

UNITED STATES – APRIL 4: Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., talks to guests at the Kosciusko County Republican Fish Fry in Warsaw, Ind., on April 4, 2018.
(Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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Drew Hammill, spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, tweeted Wednesday that flags on Capitol Hill will be flown at half-mast in honor of Walorski.

Walorski, who served on the House Ways and Means Committee, was first elected to represent Indiana’s 2nd congressional district in 2012. She previously served three terms in the state legislature.

Associated Press contributed to this report