NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Republican Congresswoman Jackie Walorski was murdered in a car accident, and the investigation’s final report, which was just issued by Indiana authorities, found that the automobile she was travelling in—which was being driven by one of her staff members—was “at blame” for the collision.
According to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office, “our investigation has found that driving left of center with a contributing factor of excessive speed was the cause of the incident.” “Zachery Potts’ Toyota RAV4 was the at-fault car,”
Last month, a car carrying the 58-year-old congressman and two of her employees, 27-year-old Potts and 28-year-old Emma Thomson, crashed with Edith Schmucker, 56, on an Indiana highway, killing Schmucker as well.
According to the final report, a witness claimed that the 27-year-old Potts’ Toyota RAV4 was following a flat-bed truck before slowing down to seem like it was trying to make room for the other vehicle.
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The Toyota was then seen driving quickly and getting closer to the unidentifiable truck, according to the report. “As the Toyota approached the back of the truck, it swerved into the southbound lane, striking Edith Schmucker’s southbound Buick.”
Data from the airbag control module, sometimes referred to as the “black box,” was included in the study. It revealed that Walorski’s car had been coasting five seconds prior to the collision and had been moving at an average speed of 82 miles per hour.
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Prior to airbag deployment, the Toyota RAV4 was traveling at a speed of 77 miles per hour, according to the report.
The driver of the Toyota RAV4 drove the car to the left just before the collision, according to data from the airbag control module, the study states. The amount of steering input “was consistent with the eyewitness testimony and was consistent with normal operation of the vehicle.”
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Investigators also looked through the mobile phone records of everyone involved in the collision, but they were unable to locate any indication that anyone was using a phone either before or during the collision.
Furthermore, no indications of mechanical failure were discovered.
The analysis came to the conclusion that “all of the evidence and information gathered is consistent with someone attempting to pass another car on a two-lane route.”