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Intoxicated Driver Who Killed Colts Linebacker And Uber Driver Reportedly An Illegal Immigrant Wanted By ICE

Just a day before Super Bowl LII, the NFL suffered a tragic loss of one of their own. Indianapolis Colt Edwin Jackson and an Uber driver were in a stationary vehicle on the shoulder of the road when they were hit by a pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup truck was reportedly driving under the influence, without a license, and is an illegal immigrant who had been deported multiple times.

Jackson, a 26-year-old linebacker, had called a ride share in the early hours of Sunday morning. He was picked up by Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe in a red sedan. At some point during the ride, Jackson became ill and Monroe pulled over to try and help him.

While the car was parked on the shoulder of I-70, a black Ford F-150 pickup truck veered off the road and hit the sedan. One of the men was thrown into the roadway. A state trooper sent to investigate the crash struck him.

The driver of the truck attempted to flee the accident. When police arrived, he gave the name Alex Cabrera Gonsales. Police say he's been identified as 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala, a Guatemalan national who has been repeatedly deported.

“Orrego-Savala is in the United States illegally and has previously been deported on two occasions, in 2007 and again in 2009,” said Sgt. John Perrine. “State police investigators are working with U.S. Federal Immigration Officials and they have placed a hold on Orrego-Savala.”

Orrego-Savala was driving without a license and was allegedly intoxicated during the crash. According to arrest documents, there is a detainer out by ICE for the illegal immigrant.

Football fans everywhere were saddened by the news of the player's untimely death. Jackson's teammates expressed their dismay on social media.

"It is with a heavy heart that we share the loss of one of our own," read an announcement on the official Twitter feed for the Colts.

"Edwin Jackson always brought a smile to our locker room and the community. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time. We will miss him greatly," they concluded.

“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," wrote former Colts cornerback Vontae Davis.

"I don’t want to believe this!” wrote safety Darius Butler on Instagram. “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!”

Some see the tragic death of the football star as a reason to continue cracking down on illegal immigration.

"R.I.P.  thank you democrats, his dream wasn’t over," wrote one Twitter user.

"Agreed Colts ILB Edwin Jackson and his loved ones were living their dream. Only to be snuffed out by a twice deported illegal immigrant. Very sad !!!" said another.

Not everyone believes the case should be used as an example for political purposes.

"Because no one with legal citizenship has ever gotten drunk, got in a car, drove it, hit someone, and killed them! Try using the don't drink and drive approach, instead of seeking an opportunity to push a political agenda! Still disgusting!!!" responded one person in a tweet.

Source: Washington Times, Dailywire
Photo: YouTube

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