Family of Nappanee woman killed in crash that killed Rep. Walorski, 2 staffers may sue for wrongful death

Published: Sep. 7, 2022 at 4:22 PM EDT
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ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed in connection with the crash that left four people dead—including Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski—last month in Elkhart County.

Edith Schmucker, 56, of Nappanee was killed in the two-vehicle crash on Aug. 3. Officials say Schmucker’s vehicle was hit by an SUV that Walorski and two of her staffers were in.

16 News Now is told Schmucker died without a will, which means a court order will appoint special administrators for the Schmucker estate. Their job will be for the “sole purpose of bringing an action concerning the decedent’s alleged wrongful death.”

The order is dated Aug. 14. It names her 17-year-old son as the sole heir entitled to receive the proceeds from a wrongful death lawsuit.