Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) was killed in a car crash on Aug. 3 local authorities and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) confirmed. She was 58.
The crash occurred at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 3 between two vehicles near the intersection of SR 19 and SR 119 near Nappanee, authorities told local media.
In a statement, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office said that “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 in the crash. They were identified by authorities as Walorski, 58, Elkhart, Indiana; Zachery Potts, 27, Mishawaka, Indiana; Emma Thomson, 28, Washington, D.C. The occupant of the other vehicle, identified as 56-year-old Edith Schmucker, was also pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
Thomson was a member of Walorski’s staff, and Potts was the head of the St. Joseph County Republican Party, according to the South Bend Tribune.
The Elkhart County Coroner’s Office and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating the incident. Other details about the incident weren’t provided by officials.
McCarthy issued a statement to confirm her death. Walorski’s husband, Dean, “was just informed by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s office that Jackie was killed in a car accident this afternoon,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter.
The GOP leader called on people to “please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.”
In January 2021, Walorski became the ranking member of the House Ethics Committee. She also served on the House Ways and Means Committee and was the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support.
Walorski, a Republican, was a lifelong resident of Indiana, according to her biography. The congresswoman had represented Indiana’s 2nd District since 2013.