By Deb Patterson
NAPPANEE — 2nd District Indiana Congresswoman Jackie Walorski was one of four people killed in a car crash on SR 19 north of Nappanee Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 3.
Wakorski had attended a ribbon-cutting event at Louis Dreyfus Company, Claypool, an hour before the collision.
Also killed was Zachery Potts, 27, Mishawaka; Emma Thomson, 28, Washington, D.C.; and Edith Schmucker, 56, Nappanee.
Potts was the St. Joseph County Republican chairman.
Walorski, Potts and Thomson died as a result of their injuries. Schmucker, the sole occupant of her vehicle, was also pronounced dead at the scene.
The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office responded to the two-vehicle crash at 12:32 p.m. Schmucker’s vehicle traveled left of center and collided head-on with the sports utility vehicle, occupied by Walorski, Potts and Thomson.
Walorski was running for her sixth term in Congress, having first been elected in 2012.
Before being elected to Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District, which covers part of Kosciusko County, Walorski served three terms in the Indiana General Assembly.
The Elkhart County Coroner’s Office and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office are conducting the investigation.