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Police Update Facts of Walorski Crash

(Elkhart County, IN) - The Elkhart County Police Department has confirmed a correction to information previously provided regarding Wednesday's auto accident that claimed the lives of U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski and three others.


Contrary to initial reports, the Toyota RAV 4 carrying Walorski and two of her staffers was northbound on SR 19. 56-year-old Edith Schmucker of Nappanee was southbound in a maroon Buick LaSabre. Police now say the silver SUV driven by 27-year-old Zachery Potts of Mishawaka crossed the center line for reasons unknown at this time.


The clarification coincides with reports that Walorski and her staffers were traveling to another engagement having left Warsaw Wednesday morning.


Walorski's 28-year-old communications director, Emma Thomson, was also killed in the SUV.


According to police, all four victims were wearing seatbelts, and airbags did deploy properly. 

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