House speaker: Top GOP lawmaker in critical condition

State Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville (official photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's House speaker said a top-ranking Republican lawmaker is in critical condition following a motorcycle accident in Michigan.

House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said in a statement Thursday that House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown is in critical but stable condition and that "the next few days are going to be very important" for the Crawfordsville lawmaker.

"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."

Bosma declined to comment Wednesday on Brown's condition out of respect for his family.

Brown was taken to a Petoskey, Michigan, hospital on Wednesday after he was thrown from his motorcycle when an SUV pulled in front of him near northern Michigan's Mackinac Bridge.

Brown was on a trip with fellow Republican Rep. Mike Speedy of Indianapolis, who wasn't injured.

Brown, a retired emergency room physician, has served in the Legislature since 1994.