U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski speaks today during Louis Dreyfus Company’s new soy liquid lecithin plant grand opening event in Claypool. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union.
U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski speaks today during Louis Dreyfus Company’s new soy liquid lecithin plant grand opening event in Claypool. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union.
Second District U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski and three others were killed in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday.

At approximately 12:32 p.m., the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle crash on Ind. 19, south of Ind. 119. A northbound passenger car traveled left of center and collided head on with a southbound sports utility vehicle, according to the ECSO news release.

All three occupants in the southbound vehicle died as a result of their injuries, including Walorski, 58, Elkhart; Zachery Potts, 27, Mishawaka, 2nd District chairman and St. Joe County Republican chairman; and Emma Thomson, 28, Washington, D.C., Walorski’s communications director.

The sole occupant of the northbound vehicle, Edith Schmucker, 56, Nappanee, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Elkhart County Coroner’s Office and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office are conducting the investigation. No additional information will be released at this time, the release states.

Walorski had just attended the Louis Dreyfus Company’s grand opening of its new soy liquid lecithin plant in Claypool until about noon Wednesday.

The Office of Congresswoman Walorski released the following statement Wednesday evening: “Dean Swihart, Jackie’s husband, was just informed by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s office that Jackie was killed in a car accident this afternoon. She has returned home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. In addition to the devastating loss of Congresswoman Walorski, it is with a broken heart that I announce the passing of two dedicated members of her staff, Zach Potts and Emma Thomson. They were the epitome of public servants who cared deeply about the work they performed on behalf of the constituents of Indiana’s Second Congressional District.” - Tim Cummings, chief of staff.