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58-year-old Republican Jackie Walorski of Indiana was killed in a car crash.
Police confirmed in a statement that “on August 3, 2022 at approximately 12:32 PM the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle crash on SR 19 south of SR 119.”
“A northbound passenger car traveled left of center and collided head on with a southbound sports utility vehicle. All three occupants in the southbound vehicle died as a result of their injuries.”
Others who died in the crash included 27-year-old Zachery Potts and 28-year-old Emma Thomson.
Edith Schmucker, 56, also died in the crash. She was the sole occupant of the northbound vehicle.
The investigation into the crash is being conducted by the sheriff’s office and coroner’s office.
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Two of the others killed in the crash, Zachery Potts and Emma Thomson, worked on Walorski’s staff.
“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. She has returned home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” 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 dedicated members of her staff, Zach Potts and Emma Thomson. They were the epitome of public servants who cared deeply about the work they performed on behalf of the constituents of Indiana’s Second Congressional District.”
Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California responded to the news on Twitter.
It is with a heavy heart that I am sharing this statement from the Office of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski. pic.twitter.com/UEPoKBDf5N
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 3, 2022
Fellow Indiana Republican Rep. Jim Banks called Walorski a “dear friend and one of the greatest public servants I’ve ever known.”
“I am devastated and saddened to learn about the tragic passing of my dear friend Jackie Walorksi and two of her staffers,” Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana said in a press release. “Jackie was an instrumental member of our conference, serving as a member of my deputy whip team for several years. She was a champion for the people of Indiana, and she will be remembered for her kindness, tenacity, and commitment to helping others.”
Drew Hammill, spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, tweeted Wednesday that the flags on Capitol Hill will be flown at half-staff in Walorski’s honor.
My full statement on the passing of Jackie Walorski, my dear friend and one of the greatest public servants I’ve ever known: pic.twitter.com/nntvYAqttb
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) August 3, 2022
Speaker Pelosi has ordered the flags at the U.S. Capitol to be flown at half-staff due to the passing of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski of Indiana.
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) August 3, 2022