NFL Player Killed by Drunk Driver
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, 26, and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe, 54, were struck and killed by a drunk driver on a highway in Indianapolis early in the morning on Feb. 4, the day of Super Bowl 52.
A state trooper discovered the scene of the wreck and apprehended the drunk driver, who had attempted to flee on foot, shortly after 4 a.m. Police believe Jackson and Monroe had stepped out of Monroe’s vehicle after Jackson became sick on his ride home when they were both hit.
The drunk driver, who gave police a fake name and was driving without a license, was identified as 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Salava, a twice-deported illegal alien and citizen of Guatemala. The Indianapolis Star reported that Orrego-Salava’s blood alcohol level was recorded at nearly three times the legal limit. He was driving a black Ford F-150 pickup.
Prosecutors announced on Wednesday, Feb. 6, that Orrego-Salava is facing four felony charges—two for causing death while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and two for leaving the scene of an accident. He has also been charged in a federal criminal complaint with illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien.
The Indianapolis Colts issued the following statement: “We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson's passing. 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.”
Jackson signed with the Colts in 2015 but did not play until the 2016 season, during which he was the team’s third-leading tackler. He suffered an injury in the 2017 preseason and spent the entire season rehabilitating.
"So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson," President Trump tweeted in response to the news of his death. "This is just one of many such preventable tragedies. We must get the Dems to get tough on the Border, and with illegal immigration, FAST!"