Indiana GOP Congresswoman Jackie Walorski killed in car crash

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., was killed in a Wednesday car crash in Elkhart County, Ind.
U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., was killed in a Wednesday car crash in Elkhart County, Ind.

Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., was killed Wednesday in a car crash in her home state of Indiana.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy shared a statement on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon from Walorski’s office confirming her death in Elkhart County in northern Indiana.

The statement said Walorski’s husband, Dean Swihart, learned of her death from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s office. The Elkhart County Sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to a USA TODAY request for comment.

Emma Thomson, a member of Walorski’s staff, and Zach Potts, chairman of the St. Joseph County Republican Party, also were killed in the crash, according to the South Bend Tribune. The newspaper reported that Walorski’s vehicle was traveling on a state route in Elkhart County when a car traveling the opposite direction crossed the center line, colliding head-on with the vehicle.

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