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(ST. IGNACE, Mich.) – House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown is in critical condition with multiple injuries after a motorcycle crash in Michigan.

Michigan State Police say Brown (R-Crawfordsville) slammed his motorcycle into an SUV that pulled into his path on U.S. 2, about 2 1/2 miles from the Mackinac Bridge. Indianapolis Representative Mike Speedy was riding with Brown but managed to avoid the crash. 

Police say neither alcohol nor weather is believed to be a factor in the crash, though troopers are still investigating. The SUV driver wasn’t hurt.

House Speaker Brian Bosma calls Brown “an invaluable member of our leadership team, a dedicated public servant and a cherished friend.” Governor Holcomb called on Hoosiers to join in prayers for the 12-term representative, who he describes as not only “an extraordinary leader (but) a fighter.”

Brown often supplies a running travelogue on his Twitter feed, tweeting photos from around the Midwest with the hashtag #selfies withtimbrown. His most recent photos were posted Saturday from Notre Dame’s football game against Ball State, including one posing with a portrait of his Heisman-winning namesake, the former Notre Dame wide receiver.

The emergency-room physician is running for his 13th term in the House. He’s chaired the powerful Ways and Means Committee, which handles budget and tax bills, since 2013. His district covers parts of Boone, Montgomery and Tippecanoe Counties.

Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)