(WASHINGTON) — Republican U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski was killed Wednesday in a car accident in her northern Indiana District, according to her office.
“Jackie’s husband, was just informed by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s office that Jackie was killed in a car accident this afternoon. Jackie is now at home with Jesus Christ, her Savior and Lord. You are asked to keep her and her family in the forefront of your thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt condolences. We will have no further comment at this time,” her office said in a statement.
The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office said they were called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash shortly after noon. According to police, the car that Walorski was in collided with in front of Walorski’s SUV left the centre lane, killing Walorski (58) and injuring two other people in the vehicle.
According to police, the collision also resulted in the death of the 55-year-old female driver of the other vehicle.
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’s legislature.
Walorski was born near Elkhart in Indiana and was raised there. Her husband and she were missionaries to Romania where they set up a foundation providing food and medicine for the poor. Prior to her move into politics, she was a South Bend television reporter.
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