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Walorski And Three Others Die in Auto Accident

(Elkhart County, IN) - Area Congresswoman Jackie Walorski died Wednesday in a two-car crash that claimed three other lives.


The accident happened near a highway intersection in Elkhart County between Nappanee and Wakarusa.


Around 11:30 a.m. Central Standard Time, police say a northbound car crossed the center line and crashed head-on into an SUV carrying Walorski and two others, who also died. The other victims have been identified as 27-year-old Zachery Potts of Mishawaka and 28-year-old Emma Thomson of Washington, D.C. Potts was the chair of the Republican Party in St. Joseph County and the GOP District 2 Chair, and Thomson was Walorski’s communications director.


The driver of the other car, 58-year-old Edith Schmucker of Nappanee was also pronounced dead at the scene.


Walorski was elected Representative of Indiana’s 2nd District in 2012. In her honor, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has directed flags in the state to be lowered. Flags should be flown at half-staff from now until the date of her burial.

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