Police provide corrected information on crash that killed congresswoman

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R) IN District 2
Photo: Walorski.House.gov

UPDATE (August 5, 2022);

ELKHART CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – Police are providing new details about an Elkhart County crash that claimed the lives of four people – including U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski.

Originally, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office said 56-year-old Edith Schmucker crossed the center line and hit the SUV that Walorski and two of her staffers were in head-on.

Now, police say it was the SUV that crossed the center line for reasons unknown.

Schmucker and Walorski were killed in the collision, as were 27-year-old Zachery Potts and 28-year-old Emma Thomson.

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ELKHART CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – U.S. Congresswoman Republican U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski is among four people who were killed in an Elkhart County crash.

A car crossed the center line and collided head-on with the SUV that Walorski was in.

Two of her staff members, 28-year-old Emma Thomson and 27-year-old Zachery Potts, were also killed.

The other vehicle’s driver was a 56-year-old woman pronounced dead at the scene.

Walorski served as the U.S. representative for Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District since 2012.

President Biden is offering his condolences to Walorski’s family. He and First Lady Jill Biden say the 58-year-old was respected by members of both parties. Both Biden and former President Trump were among those offering condolences to Walorski’s family.

On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff in response to Walorski’s death. Pelosi says the congresswoman “lived a life of service.”

Here in Indiana, Governor Eric Holcomb has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff as well.

Businesses and residents are asked to lower their flags immediately and keep them at half-staff until the date of her burial.