Indiana State Rep. Tim Brown critically injured in serious motorcycle crash

State Rep. Tim Brown

MACKINAC COUNTY, Mich. – Indiana State Rep. Tim Brown is in critical condition after a motorcycle crash in northern Michigan.

House Speaker Brian C. Bosma said in a statement that Brown was riding his motorcycle with State Rep. Mike Speedy near the Mackinac Bridge when he struck an SUV that pulled out in front of them.

Brown suffered serious injuries, and he was taken to a nearby hospital before being transported to a hospital in Ann Arbor.

Former state Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, said on his Facebook page that Brown was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports.

“Tim is an invaluable member of our leadership team, a dedicated public servant and one of my most cherished friends,” Bosma said in the statement. “Our prayers are with him, his family and Rep. Speedy.”

Speedy was uninjured in the crash.

Brown serves as the chairman of the Ways and Means committee and he covers District 41, which includes parts of Montgomery, Boone and Tippecanoe counties. The Republican has served more than two decades in the House of Representatives. He was an emergency room physician until he retired in 2015.

On Thursday, Bosma issued an updated statement:

“Tim remains in critical but stable condition. The next few days are going to be very important. Tim’s wife, Jane, and his daughters are with him, and he is receiving extraordinary care. The family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and prayers for Tim’s quick recovery. Please continue to pray for him, his family, Representative Speedy and all those involved. I also ask that we all continue to respect the family’s privacy during this challenging time.”

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued this statement regarding the crash:

“In addition to being a public servant and an extraordinary leader, Dr. Tim Brown is a fighter. Janet and I are praying for his recovery and ask Hoosiers across the state to join us.”

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch released this statement:

“Tim is not only an important part of Indiana’s state legislature, but also a wonderful friend and colleague. My thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and State Rep. Mike Speedy.”

Senate President Pro Tem David Long offered the following statement:

“Dr. Brown is a remarkable man and beloved public servant, and I am very sad to hear the news that he has been involved in an accident. I hope Hoosiers will join me in offering thoughts and prayers of healing for Tim and strength for his family during this difficult time.”

Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane issued this statement:

“I am saddened to hear the very concerning news that one of my most respected colleagues, Representative Tim Brown, was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident today. We are relieved to hear that Representative Mike Speedy, who was traveling with him, was not injured. All of our thoughts and prayers are with Representative Brown and his family as we hope for his full recovery.”