On August 3, 58-year-old Indiana lawmaker Jackie Walorski and two of her crew perished in a head-on collision. One of the two was Walorski’s former coworker and was now employed by the House of Representatives, and the other was her director of communications. According to Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office, they were driving when another car swerved into their lane.

The heartbreaking news was shared on Facebook by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office, who wrote: “On August 3, 2022 at approximately 12:32 PM the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two car crash on SR 19 south of SR 119. Left of center, a northbound passenger automobile made a head-on collision with a southbound sport utility vehicle. The three passengers in the southbound car—Jackie Walorski, 58, of Elkhart, Indiana; Zachery Potts, 27 of Mishawaka, Indiana; and Emma Thomson, 28, of Washington, DC—all perished as a result of their wounds. Edith Schmucker, 56, of Nappanee, Indiana, was the only occupant of the northbound car, and she was declared dead at the site. Prior to accepting the role of district director for the House of Representatives in Indiana, Potts served as Walorski’s campaign manager. Walorski’s director of communications was Thomson.

Jackie Walorski's husband

Jackie Walorski’s husband

Who is Dean Swihart?

Walorski was born on August 17, 1963, and she passed away at the age of 58, two weeks before her birthday. On July 16, 1995, she wed Dean Swihart, beginning a 27-year union. Even though there isn’t much information available to the general public, Walorski occasionally divulges some secrets. For instance, she claimed in a tweet from 2014 that they had both served as missionaries in Romania. “Jackie and her husband Dean previously spent four years as missionaries in Romania, where they established and managed a foundation to offer food and medical supplies to underprivileged children there,” reads her Congressional biography.

Swihart taught music to students in grades K–6 at Hums Elementary and Twin Branch Elementary, as was confirmed seven years ago. Back in 2015, Swihart received praise from The School of Mishawaka for his performance at the Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers basketball game in Indianapolis. Congratulations to Dean Swihart, a K–6 music instructor at Hums Elementary and Twin Branch Elementary, for a superb rendition of the national anthem during the Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat game in Indianapolis on Easter Sunday, according to the post. There were around 18,000 spectators at the sold-out game. He frequently appeared by Walorski both during her candidacy and after she took office in 2019. The 116th Congress is in session, she tweeted back then. It was a privilege to take the oath of office with Dean, our family, and friends. Being your representative in the 2nd District is an honor, and I’m prepared to resume fighting for you.

The death of Walorski was made known to Dean, according to a tweet from Warloski’s official account. The Elkhart County Sheriff’s office recently told Dean Swihart, Jackie’s husband, that Jackie had died in a car accident this afternoon, according to the statement. In order to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, she has come home. Please remember her family in your prayers.