U.S. Rep Jackie Walorski, three others killed in Elkhart County crash

U.S. Rep Jackie Walorski, three others killed in Elkhart County crash

Published August 3, 2022
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Three other people were killed in the crash, which took place while Walorski and two others were in a vehicle driving south on Indiana 19 south of Wakarusa around 12:30 p.m., according to police. A car going north drove over the center line and collided with Walorski’s vehicle head-on. Zach Potts, 27, and Emma Thomson, 28, were also in the car with Walorski at the time and were killed in the crash.

Potts was the chairman of the St. Joseph County Republican Party. Thomson was Walorski’s communications director. The group was returning from a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Claypool, according to media reports.

Elkhart County police are still investigating the crash. The driver of the northbound car was identified Wednesday afternoon as Edith Schmucker, 56, of Nappanee, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

“I am indeed heartbroken to hear the news of my colleague, and next-door neighbor, Jackie Walorski,” said Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, of St. Joseph, Mich., who represents Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District. “Of course, we were close and usually traveled on the same plane back and forth from South Bend to D.C. and back home usually sitting next to each other.