Man charged in drunken-driving crash that killed NFLer Jackson

Emmett Rice
February 8, 2018

Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver were killed on February 4, 2018, by a motorist believed to be driving drunk.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said in a statement that comments politicizing the fatal crash were "ghoulish and inappropriate, "The Associated Press reported on Wednesday".

Colts owner Jim Irsay said he would pay for the funerals of Jackson and Monroe. "We will simply seek justice on behalf of the families of those two victims".

Orrego-Savala is charged with two counts each of causing death while driving intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. It said Orrego-Savala has prior run-ins with law enforcement for driving without a valid license and that he was walking away from the crash scene when an IN state trooper arrived and detained him.

The Guatemala citizen, who gave officers a fake name when he was arrested, was deported in 2007 and 2009, and was again living illegally in the USA, police said. A federal immigration charge was filed against him Tuesday.

Another court hearing was scheduled for Wednesday. Jeffrey Monroe, an Uber driver, and 26-year-old Edwin Jackson, who played for the Indianapolis Colts, died in the collision. Both men were outside the auto when a black Ford F-150 drove into the shoulder and struck the vehicle.

The 2018 Lincoln driven by Jeffrey Monroe, 54, in Indianapolis on February 4, 2018.

Just over two years later, ICE officers again arrested Orrego-Savala in San Francisco.

Orrego-Savala had a 2005 conviction for driving under the influence in Redwood City, California.

The judge responded by saying it would be sorted out in court.

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Trump tweeted: "So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson".

Authorities said Orrego-Savala, 37, was driving the vehicle that fatally hit Jackson and Monroe early Sunday on Interstate 70.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not return calls by IndyStar.

President Donald Trump posted two tweets early Tuesday regarding the tragedy, one to touch on illegal immigration and border security, and a second to send condolences to Jackson's family. "Jackson", the president tweeted, calling the tragedy "preventable" and insisting the Democrats "get tough on the Border".

Since coming to office, Trump has repeatedly tried to link migration with crime. Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization.

Micah Clark, executive cirector of the American Family Association of IN, says the Indianapolis community is IN shock.

"Two real good people's lives were taken by a drunken driver", James Lambert, the brother of Monroe's wife, told the Indianapolis Star.

"It's important that we remember [Jackson] for the things he stood for", Ballard said.

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson (53) walks off the field following an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Indianapolis, Nov. 20, 2016.

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