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Driver accused of drunk driving death of Colts’ linebacker Edwin Jackson is a twice-deported undocumented immigrant

February 7, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Driver accused of drunk driving death of Colts’ linebacker Edwin Jackson is a twice-deported undocumented immigrant

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Authorities in Indiana revealed that a man being held in a drunken driving accident that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson has previously been deported from the country on two occasions.

On Monday, Indiana State Police announced that 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala is a native of Guatemala and gave police a false name after the accident which took place on Sunday, CNN reported.

Detectives also indicated that he is illegally in the United States and was deported in 2007 and 2009. He was booked into the Marion County Jail on Monday.

Edwin Jackson, 26, and Jeffrey Monroe, 54, were standing outside their vehicle along an emergency shoulder on Interstate 70 when a truck being driven by Orrego-Savala fatally struck them. Authorities said Monroe was a ride-sharing driver and had pulled over to let Jackson out of the vehicle because he was sick.

The collision threw one of the victims into the center lane of the road. Just after the crash, a trooper was driving through the area and saw a car in front of him “make an evasive maneuver to the left.”

The trooper then noticed the wreckage along the right side of the road, and as he slowed to stop, he hit the victim in the center lane.

Authorities added that they believe Orrego-Savala was drunk and driving without a license. Investigators are working with prosecutors to pursue criminal charges.

In May 2015, Jackson was signed by the Arizona Cardinals and released three months later. The Colts signed him in January 2016 and placed on injured reserve last September.

The Colts published the following statement:

“We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson’s passing. Edwin was loved by all in the Colts. We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit and hard-working mentality. He was well-respected among all with whom he crossed paths.”

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