Indiana Republican Representative Jackie Walorski and two of her staffers died in a car accident on Aug. 3.
Walorski, her Communications Director Emma Thomson, and her District Director Zachery Potts died as a result of their injuries sustained at a two-vehicle crash, according to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office added that the sole occupant of the other vehicle also died at the scene.
The incident occurred at about 12:32 p.m. local time, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office and the Elkhart County Coroner’s Office are conducting the investigation.
A statement from Walorski’s office said that the Sheriff’s Office just informed Walorski’s husband Dean Swihart about her death in the car accident.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy described the news of Walorski’s death as “absolutely devastating.”
“Jackie was a dear friend, trusted advisor, and the embodiment of integrity who achieved the admiration and respect of all her colleagues in the House,” McCarthy said in a statement.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the flags at the U.S. Capitol to be flown at half-staff in response to Walorski’s death, Pelosi’s Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill announced.
Walorski, 58, represented Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District and served as the top Republican on the House Ethics Committee. She also served as the ranking Republican member of a subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Walorski began serving in Congress in 2013. She had previously served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives.
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