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Details of Walorski Accident Revealed

(Elkhart County, IN) - More light has been shed on the cause of the August 3 crash in Elkhart County that claimed the lives of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski and three others. The Elkhart County Sheriff's Office has wrapped up the investigation of the accident.


According to an eyewitness, police say the Toyota RAV4 driven by Zachery Potts was attempting to pass a flat-bed truck when it swerved into the path of a Buick driven by 56-year-old Edith Schmucker of Nappanee.


Data collected from the Toyota’s electronics revealed that it was travelling at 82 mph about five seconds prior to the crash. Data also showed that the vehicle's motor was at idle speed, or "coasting," with its speed reducing to 77 miles per hour milliseconds before airbags deployed.


Police also say there is no evidence that cell phones were being used before or during the crash. And there were no signs of mechanical failure in either vehicle.


Indiana State Police also reviewed the evidence and reached the same conclusions.

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