Elkhart County Police Update Info on Tragic Crash that Killed Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

August 4, 2022

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office has obtained updated information on the vehicle crash that occurred on August 3 killing Congresswoman Jackie Walorski.

The information from the preliminary investigation at the scene, as to the direction of travel of the vehicles, was not correct. The continuing investigation has located eyewitness and video evidence. Both confirm that the maroon Buick LeSabre driven by Edith Schmucker, 56, of Nappanee, was southbound on SR 19 south of SR 119 and the silver Toyota RAV 4, driven by Zachery Potts, 27, Mishawaka, was northbound on SR 19.

The Toyota RAV 4 crossed the centerline for reasons that are unknown at this time and the two vehicles collided. All occupants of both vehicles were confirmed to have been wearing seatbelts and airbags did deploy.

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to interview witnesses and collect evidence from the scene and vehicles.

If anyone has information or witnessed this crash, they are asked that they contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.

If any new information becomes available as the investigation continues, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department will send updates.