According to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Rep. Jacki Walorski (R-Indiana) was killed in a car crash Wednesday at the age of 58, along with two staffers and a woman driving the other car they collided with.

Authorities first said that Walorski’s vehicle was hit when the car traveling in the other direction crossed the road’s center line but issued a correction after further review of the incident saying that it was actually Walorski’s car that drifted and caused the crash.


Zachary Potts, 27, was driving Walorski’s vehicle and died in the crash, along with her staffer Emma Thomson, 28. Potts was Walorski’s district director and the Republican chairman of St. Joseph County, and Thomson was Walorski’s communications director.

The woman killed in the other vehicle was identified as Edith Schmucker, 56.

Walorski was born in South Bend, Indiana on August 17, 1963. She held jobs as a news reporter and even became a Christian missionary in Romania for four years. She served in the Indiana House of Representatives for three terms and was elected to Congress in 2012.

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