Republican U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski was killed Wednesday in a car crash in her Northern District of Indiana, according to her office.
“Jackie’s husband has just been informed by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office that Jackie was killed in a car crash this afternoon. She 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,” her office said in a statement.
The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office said it was called to the scene of the two-vehicle crash shortly after noon. Police say a car was traveling on the left side of the center lane and collided head-on with an SUV Walorski was driving, killing Walorski, 58, and two other people in the vehicle.
Police said a 55-year-old woman who was driving the other car was also killed in the crash.
Walorski, who served on the House Ways and Means Committee, was first elected to represent Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District in 2012. Prior to that, she served three terms in the office. state legislature.
Walorski, was born in South Bend and lives near Elkhart, Indiana. She and her husband were formerly missionaries in Romania, where they set up a fund to provide food and medical supplies to impoverished children. She worked as a television news reporter in South Bend before turning to politics.