The man accused of being drunk and killing Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and another man in an auto accident is living illegally in the United States and has twice been deported, according to Indiana state police.
The man, identified as 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala, is a citizen of Guatemala and is believed to have been intoxicated and driving without a license.
“Orrego-Savala is in the United States illegally and has previously been deported on two occasions, in 2007 and again in 2009,” Sgt. John Perrine said in a statement. “State police investigators are working with U.S. Federal Immigration Officials and they have placed a hold on Orrego-Savala.”
Jackson, 26, and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe were killed early Sunday morning on Interstate 70. Monroe, who was driving a red sedan, had pulled off the highway to help Jackson, who had become ill, when the accident occurred. Monroe was standing next to the parked car when a black Ford F-150 pickup truck veered onto the shoulder and struck the sedan, sending one victim into the roadway, according to police.
A state trooper was driving through the area shortly after the collision, and as he began to pull over to investigate the crash, he struck the victim in the roadway, police said.
The driver of the pickup truck was originally using the alias Alex Cabrera Gonsales and was apprehended when he tried to flee the scene.
Jackson was a third-year pro who previously played for the Arizona Cardinals.
In a statement, Mothers Against Drunk Driving said it was “shocked and heartbroken that Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson, along with Jeffrey Monroe, who police believe was a ride-share driver, were killed by an alleged drunk driver early this morning. The loss of a professional football player and his driver on the biggest game day of the year is beyond tragic for the families and friends of both men, and our hearts are with them and the Colts team. Drunk driving remains the leading killer on our nation’s highways and streets, yet there is no excuse for anyone to drive drunk when there are so many options for a sober, non-drinking designated driver, such as Uber, taxis, public transportation or a non-drinking friend. With so many festivities centered around the Super Bowl tonight, MADD urges everyone to please have a plan to get home safely.”
Jackson’s teammates were stunned by his death.
“I don’t want to believe this!” safety Darius Butler wrote in an Instagram post. “One of my favorite people in the world. Always smiling, genuine, upbeat regardless of the circumstances. Taken from us way too soon! Love you bro!”
Former Colts cornerback Vontae Davis added, on Twitter, “It breaks my heart to hear the news about my brother & former teammate Edwin Jackson. He was always such a joy to be around, always smiling and always laughing. An absolutely incredible friend. RIP Ed.”