Rep. Tim Brown
Rep. Tim Brown

Dr. Tim Brown, the Indiana State Representative for District 41 which includes Montgomery, Boone and Tippecanoe counties, was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in northern Michigan Wednesday. 

Brown, 62, has been an emergency room physician at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville. 

The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) said that Brown was in a medically induced coma in an Ann Arbor, Mich. hospital following the crash. 

“We received notice this afternoon that a longstanding ISMA member and state representative, Dr. Tim Brown, has been critically injured in a motorcycle accident,” said ISMA President John P. McGoff, MD. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Jane, and four children. He has spent his life in public service, whether his busy medical practice in Crawfordsville or his work at the Statehouse as a legislator. We will keep members informed as more information becomes available.”

According to reports, the accident happened near the entrance to the Mackinac Bridge when an SUV pulled out in front of Brown. Brown, a known motorcycle enthusiast, was thrown from the motorcycle. He was reported wearing a helmet. 

Indiana House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) released a statement Wednesday saying that Brown "was traveling on his motorcycle with State Rep. Mike Speedy when he struck an SUV that pulled out in front of them. Rep. Speedy was able to avoid the vehicle and was not injured. Out of respect for Tim’s family, we cannot confirm any details about his condition at this time. Tim is an invaluable member of our leadership team, a dedicated public servant and one of my most cherished friends. Our prayers are with him, his family and Rep. Speedy.”

Brown’s press contact, Courtney Heiden, said that Brown and Speedy were on separate motorcycles at the time of the accident. 

“It is devastating and concerning news,” said Sen. Phil Boots. “We just hope and pray that he is on the road to recovery and that it’s not all that serious. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. He’s been a great public servant for this area for a long time and I hope that he can continue to do that.” 

Montgomery County Commissioner President Jim Fulwider agreed. “It’s obviously a sad day for the state of Indiana and our community. Dr. Brown is a great leader, not only in our community as a representative, but as a physician. I worked beside him years ago when I was in the ER and was able to see that he is a great man and a great leader,” Fulwider said. “Hopefully our community can come together and our state can come together and lift Dr. Brown and Jane and the entire family up and pray for a hopefully speedy recovery.”

It was a common sentiment. 

“Dr. Brown has served the people our community for many years and is very dedicated to our community and the State of Indiana," Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton said. "He has touched countless lives as both a physician and an elected official. I consider Dr. Brown a good friend as we have worked together many years. First, while I served as a paramedic and he as an ER Physician and in our current roles as elected office holders. Dr. Brown is genuinely passionate about serving others and I'm confident his passion and determination will help carry him through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family as well as all those whose lives he's touched. The painful sting of this accident is being felt by many. I'm confident our community stands united in our support for Dr. Brown and his family and we are hopeful for a quick recovery.”

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch weighed in as well.

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

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

Brown has served in the Indiana House since 1994 as a Republican. Montgomery County GOP Chairman Dan Guard shared his thoughts. “Not only does Dr. Tim Brown serve as our State Representative, but he also serves on our Republican Central Committee as a Precinct Committeeman. He is a valuable member of our community, and is well respected throughout the state Indiana. It is my hope and prayer that he is on his way to a healthy recovery.”

Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) added his sentiments also. "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."

Brown has served the Legislature in a variety of ways including the important chair of the Ways and Means Committee. He has also been appointed as chairman of the Public Health Committee and the Statutory Committee on Ethics. He has served on multiple committees: Education, Rules and Legislative Procedures, Family, Children, and Human Affairs and the Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation. 

Throughout his tenure as a representative, Rep. Brown has worked on numerous legislative initiatives, many of which included topics on healthcare.