U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski killed in two-car collision


The constituents and colleagues of Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Indiana) continue to grieve after news of her death spread Wednesday. More details about the crash were made available on Thursday. The accident occurred at State Road 19 and State Road 119 in Nappanee, Indiana.

While the passing of Warloski is a tragedy, three other people lost their lives. There were no survivors of the accident. Early reports indicated that the collision was caused by a northbound vehicle crossing the center line. New information released by a number of media outlets indicated that the congresswoman’s vehicle was actually the one that crossed the center line.

According to wowo.com, Walorski, 58, and two aides, Zachary Potts 27, and Emma Thomson, 28, were deceased at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle, Edith Schmucker, 56, was reported as having died at the scene, and also as having been critical at the scene, and dying at Elkhart General Hospital.

Walorski was from Elkhart, Indiana and represented the 2nd District of Indiana. Potts was from Mishawaka, and Thomson was from Washington, D.C. Flags in Washington were placed at half-mast on Wednesday.

About Congresswoman Walorski

Jackie Walorski began serving in Congress in 2013. According to CNN, Walorski was on track to become a leader in Washington D.C. The congresswoman’s office lauded Walorski, Potts, and Thomson as “the epitome of public servants who cared deeply about the work they performed.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi noted that Walorski lived “a life of service.”

House Minority Whip Steven Scalise noted that Walorski “cared deeply for the people of Indiana,” among other attributes.

As of Thursday, the Elkhart County Sheriff Office was still investigating.

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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