ELKHART COUNTY, IN. (THECOUNT) — Investigators determined that the SUV driven by Zachery Potts, 27, of Mishawaka, Indiana, crossed the centerline for unknown reasons in a rural area near the town of Wakarusa. Officials originally reported the vehicle operated by Edith Schmucker, 56, of Nappanee, Indiana, had crossed centerlines causing the quadruple-fatal collision.

Potts, the district director for Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana, was killed in the crash. Walorski, staffer Emma Thomson and Schmucker, were also killed in the crash.


Police said they used witness accounts of the collision and area video to determine which vehicle had actually caused the crash.

Via Zachery Potts Linkedin:

Highly motivated, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable political operative seeking challenging opportunities that will expand career growth in the political field. Proven at developing and leading teams to accomplish goals. Experienced at working in campaigns, fundraising, professional office settings, working both independently and as part of a team, and in other high pressure environments.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Elkhart County is a county in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the county’s population was 197,559. The county seat is Goshen. Elkhart County in part of the Elkhart-Goshen Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in turn is part of the South Bend-Elkhart-Mishawaka Combined Statistical Area – Wikipedia.

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