Bloomington police say the wife of former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton has died after being run over by her own car.

Police said 82-year-old Nancy Hamilton had arrived with a pet for a veterinary visit Saturday afternoon but her car was not set in the parking gear and it rolled over her as she walked behind the vehicle.

Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer tells The Herald-Times that Nancy Hamilton suffered head and chest injuries.

Police Capt. Joe Qualters confirmed her death in an email message to The Associated Press.

Lee Hamilton represented southern Indiana in Congress for more than 30 years and was vice chairman on the 9/11 commission. He joined Indiana University in 1999 to create its Center on Congress. He remains the center’s director.

Politicians remember Hamilton

Several Indiana politicians, including two candidates for governor in this November’s election, are paying tribute to Nancy Hamilton.

“Karen and I were shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Nancy Hamilton. Mrs. Hamilton and her husband raised a wonderful family and made an enormous contribution to the life of our state and our nation. Our hearts and prayers go out to Lee and their entire family during this difficult time,” said Congressman Mike Pence.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Congressman Lee Hamilton and his family tonight following their tragic loss.  Both my wife, Jill, and I were fortunate to have known Nancy Hamilton, and she was extraordinarily gracious and kind in every way.  We send our condolences to her family and friends.  The Hamiltons served our state and country for many years, and Nancy will be dearly missed,” said Joe Donnelly.

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to Congressman Hamilton and his family as they endure this tragic loss. We would ask that all Hoosiers keep the Hamilton family in their thoughts tonight,” said Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker.



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