U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., was killed Wednesday afternoon in a two-car traffic accident in Elkhart County, authorities said.
According to preliminary reports from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, Walorski, 58, was travelling in a car with two others when their vehicle collided with another on State Road 19; all three died as a result of their injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was killed as well.
Walorski was in her fifth term as a congresswoman representing South Bend and surrounding north central Indiana, and was seeking a sixth term in the Nov. 8 election. She previously served three terms in the Indiana House of Representatives.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, announced Walorski’s death later Wednesday, saying, “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. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. We will have no further comment at this time.” — The Indiana Citizen