GOP Congresswoman Dies in Car Accident
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Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) was killed in a car accident on Wednesday afternoon.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) confirmed the tragic news in a statement from Walorski’s office.
“Dean Swihart, Jackie’s husband, was just informed by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s office that Jackie was killed in a car accident this afternoon,” the statement read.
“She has returned home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. We will have no further comment at this time.”
The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana said the accident was a two-vehicle crash. According to The Hill: “Authorities said a passenger car traveling northbound collided head-on with a sports utility vehicle traveling southbound.”
Walorski, 58, and two of her aides, Zachery Potts, 27, and Emma Thompson, 28, were in the vehicle traveling southbound. Potts and Thompson also died in the accident, as did the occupant in the northbound vehicle.
“I am devastated and saddened to learn about the tragic passing of my dear friend Jackie Walorksi and two of her staffers,” said House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA).
Elkhart County authorities are investigating the collision.