Rep. Jackie Walorski, a Republican from Indiana, was killed in a car accident Wednesday afternoon. She was 58 years old.
The crash happened in Elkhart County when a “northbound passenger car traveled left of center and collided head on with a southbound vehicle,” WSBT reporter Erica Finke tweeted. “Walorski, Zachary Potts with the St. Joseph County Republican Party, and Walorski’s comm. director Emma Thompson all passed away.”
“The northbound vehicle driver, Edith Schmucker, died as well,” she added.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) confirmed the news on Twitter by sharing a statement from Walorski’s office.
“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,” the statement said. “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.”
Angry commenters quickly took to bashing the deceased congresswoman. "A lot of people seem to suddenly think that dying clears you of all the actions you took in life, including actions that have detrimental effects on thousands if not millions of Americans," said one. "God works in mysterious ways, wrote another." "She was a treasonous idiot. And history will remember her as such. I'm sorry for the people who loved her," one added.