Indiana GOP Congresswoman Jackie Walorski and 2 Staff Members Killed in Car Crash

August 03, 2022

By: Mariah Fritz

Today at approximately 12:32 PM, Republican Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski died in a car crash in Elkhart County, Indiana. She represented Indiana's 2nd Congressional district and died at the age of 58.

Fox News spoke with the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office, who explained the accident in a statement “A northbound passenger car traveled left of center and collided head-on with a southbound sports utility vehicle. All three occupants in the southbound vehicle died as a result of their injuries: Jackie Walorski, 58, Elkhart, Indiana Zachery Potts, 27, Mishawaka, Indiana Emma Thomson, 28, Washington, DC The sole occupant of the northbound vehicle, Edith Schmucker, 56, Nappanee, Indiana was pronounced deceased at the scene." The Elkhart County Coroner's Office and the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office are investigating the crash of Walorski and her staff members Potts and Thomson.

Many republican politicians expressed their sorrow, including fellow Indiana Republican Rep. Jim Banks shared on Twitter that Walorski was a "dear friend and one of the greatest public servants I've ever known.” Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana said “...She was a champion for the people of Indiana, and she will be remembered for her kindness, tenacity, and commitment to helping others."

Walorski's office also made a public statement, saying “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…”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s spokesperson, Drew Hammill, also tweeted that Capitol Hill’s flags will be flown at half-staff to honor Walorski.