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New information from Elkhart Co. shows vehicle transporting U.S. Rep. Walorski crossed centerline in fatal crash

The Elkhart County Sheriff's office says the initial press release about the Wednesday two-car crash that killed U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski was incorrect.


In a release Thursday morning, the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office says eyewitnesses and video evidence confirm that a Buick LeSabre, driven by Edith Schmucker, 56, of Nappanee, was southbound on SR 19 south of SR 119 about 12:30 p.m.  A Toyota RAV 4, driven by Zachery Potts, 27, of Mishawaka, was northbound and it was the RAV 4 that crossed the centerline for unknown reasons.  The initial release listed Schmucker as the northbound driver and that it was her car that crossed the centerline.


Potts was a staffer for Walorski, 58, who was also in the RAV 4 with another staffer, Emma Thomson, 28, of Washington D.C.


All four people involved in the crash were killed.  All have been confirmed to have been wearing seat belts and airbags did deploy.


If anyone witnessed the crash, they are asked to contact the Elkhart County Sheriff's office.


The Elkhart County Coroner’s Office and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office are conducting the investigation.