Jackie Walorsky

US Rep. Jackie Walorski killed in Elkhart County car crash

ELKHART — US Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-2nd District) was killed in a car crash in Elkhart County on Wednesday, according to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.

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 pm, 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.

St. Joseph County Republican Chairman Zach Potts.

Walorski, 58, has served Indiana’s 2nd district in the US House of Representatives since 2013.

Potts was the chairman of the St. Joseph County Republican Party. Thomson was a member of Walorski’s staff. 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.

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