I am heartbroken to report Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, 26, and his Uber driver, Jeffrey Monroe, 54, were killed early Sunday morning when they were hit by a suspected drunk driver.
According to investigators, Jeffrey had pulled over on the side of the road to assist Edwin, who had become ill. Both gentlemen were standing beside the vehicle when a black Ford F-150 pickup truck drove onto the emergency shoulder and struck them both.
One of the two men was thrown into the center lane of I-70 and was also struck by a state trooper, who first arrived at the scene.
The driver of the pickup truck has been identified as 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales of Indianapolis.
Via The Washington Times:
Mr. Cabrera Gonsales didn’t have a driver’s license, tried to flee the scene of the accident and had a blood-alcohol level of at least .15 (nearly twice the legal limit), authorities said.
The booking document, which specifies that Mr. Cabrera Gonsales has a detainer request on him, does not say whether was in the U.S. illegally or as a legal permanent resident who can still be deported for a serious crime.
“It is believed Gonsales was intoxicated and was driving without a license,” Sgt. John Perrine of the Indiana State Police said in a statement. “He was transported to the Marion County Jail, the result of the test for intoxication is pending.”
The Indianapolis Colts released 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.
It is with a heavy heart that we share the loss of one of our own.
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: https://t.co/Vuql2FD59R pic.twitter.com/7gVR9PvmuA
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) February 4, 2018
I had the pleasure of meeting Edwin while covering an event in Atlanta. He was the such a gentleman with a great personality.
I’m truly heartbroken by his passing.
My prayers and condolences to his family, teammates and friends.