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WASHINGTON – Republican U.S. Representative Jackie Walorsky died Wednesday in a car accident in her northern Indiana district, according to her office.
“Jackie’s husband was just notified 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 help her family.” Keep in your thoughts and prayers. We will have no further comment at this time,” his office said in a statement.
The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office said he was called to the scene of the two-vehicle crash shortly after noon. Police said a car went to the left of the middle lane and collided head-on with an SUV Wolorski, killing 58-year-old Walorsky and two other people in the vehicle.
Police said a 55-year-old woman who was driving the other car also died in the accident.
Walorsky, who served on the House Ways and Means Committee, was first elected to represent Indiana’s second congressional district in 2012. He had earlier served three terms in the state legislature.
Walorsky was born in South Bend and lived near Elkhart, Indiana. She and her husband were previously missionaries in Romania, where they founded a foundation that provided food and medical supplies to impoverished children. Before joining politics, he worked as a television news reporter in South Bend.