The high profile death of Republican lawmaker Jackie Walorski, in a fiery head-on crash, took a sudden twist when the police started changing their story. Initial reports were that the other vehicle was the one to cross the center line. It wasn’t.
Lawmaker wasn’t driving
Axios is reporting that police “have changed their account of the car crash” that happened recently, killing Indiana Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, two of her staffers and the other driver.
Contrary to the story which first swept through the media, “the car occupied by Walorski crashed into another car after crossing the state highway’s center line.” The lawmaker wasn’t the one driving.
Information is still trickling in on what happened leading up to the tragic head-on collision. A spokesperson for the Elkhart County Sheriff’s office was misinformed when they reported that Emma Thomson and Zachery Potts were killed along with the lawmaker “when a car driving the opposite direction veered into oncoming traffic in northern Indiana.”
They were right that the two staffers were killed. They were also correct when they noted “Potts was driving the vehicle at the time.”
Edith Schmucker was innocently minding her own business driving at freeway speed in the opposite direction. Suddenly, without warning, she was smacked to the other side of the afterlife before she knew what hit her.
The Sheriff says they don’t have a clue why the lawmaker and her crew crossed the median. Walorski was currently serving as the top Republican on the House Ethics Committee. She’s been serving in Congress since 2013.
Witnesses and video evidence
After investigators had a chance to interview all the witnesses and get a look at some video which turned up, the police revised the initial account. They also add more details, including that Ms. Schmucker was 56 and a resident of Nappanee, Indiana. The crash was so kinetic they couldn’t tell which direction each car had been moving.
They’re still trying to figure out why 27-year-old Potts crossed the line. He’s been serving as lawmaker Walorski’s district director and the Republican chairman for northern Indiana’s St. Joseph County. Emma Thomson, 28, lives in Washington, D.C. and was Walorski’s communications director.
The lawmaker was up for her sixth term “in the solidly Republican district.” The GOP hates to see her go because she’s always been “a reliable Republican vote in Congress, including against accepting the Arizona and Pennsylvania electoral votes for President Joe Biden following the Capitol insurrection.”
As far as anyone can tell, that had nothing to do with the crash. Indiana law says local Republican officials get to pick her replacement on the ballot.
“She wore her values and her conviction on that on her sleeve,” Indiana Republican U.S. Senator Todd Young insists. “Unlike so many people in public life, she wasn’t really guarded about who she was and why she believed different things.”
Republican lawmaker Timothy Wesco said a prayer for Walorski. “Her faith was central to her as a person, and her faith is what gives us hope today,” Wesco notes. “None of us are guaranteed tomorrow.“