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Indianapolis Colts Player Killed By Possible Drunk Driver
Both he and his ride-share driver were killed.
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, and the driver of his ride-share car, were killed on an interstate in Indiana on Sunday morning by a suspected drunk driver.
According to CBS News, a police trooper that arrived on the scene accidentally struck one of the bodies in the road. Police believe that Jackson, 26, became ill and asked the driver to pull over. The driver, 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe, got out of the car to help Jackson, investigators believe.
The two men were on the emergency shoulder of the road when 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales allegedly crashed into them with his black Ford F-150. Gonsales allegedly fled the crash site on foot. Police caught up with him and arrested him shortly after.
According to ESPN, Gonsales does not live in the United States legally. The Guatemala citizen was reportedly deported from the United States both in 2007 and in 2009, the Associated Press reports. Police say he doesn’t have a driver’s license and they believe he was intoxicated at the time of the collision.
“State police investigators are working with U.S. Federal Immigration Officials and they have placed a hold on Orrego-Savala,” police said in a statement.
It’s unclear if Gonsales has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.
"We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson's passing," the Colts said in a statement. "Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization. We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit and hard-working mentality. He was well-respected among all with whom he crossed paths, and he will be greatly missed in our locker room and throughout our entire organization. [...] We also understand that another person lost his life in the accident, only adding to our sorrow on this day. We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both men during this difficult time."
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