Another tragedy struck the NFL on February 4th—linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, Edwin Jackson, was unexpectedly killed by a drunk driver. He was only 26 years old at the time of his death, which sadly took place on the morning of Super Bowl Sunday.
According to ESPN, the local police department confirmed that Jackson was hit by another vehicle along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis. The driver was believed to be intoxicated.
Jackson, who was the passenger, and another person in the car, 54-year-old Jeffery Monroe (possibly Jackson's Uber driver), stopped on the shoulder when Jackson became sick. Monroe exited the car to help Jackson. Moments later, a truck struck the back of the car instantly killing both Jackson and Monroe.
The suspect, 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales, attempted to flee the scene on foot, but was quickly captured by authorities and immediately taken into custody, reported Fox News.
On Monday, new details emerged about Gonsales, who was actually using a false name—his birth name is Manuel Orrego-Savala. According to Fox, the drunk driver was reportedly an illegal immigrant who was driving without a license. Prior the tragic incident, Gonsales had been deported back to his home in Guatemala two times.
The Colts released a personal statement about Jackson on their website referring to the former professional football player as outgoing, competitive, and hard-working.
“We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson’s passing,” the Colts stated. “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.”
The organization also expressed their condolences for the other person killed in the accident, “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.”
Please pray for Edwin Jackson’s friends, family and loved ones during this difficult time. In more uplifting Super Bowl news, all eyes were on MVP Nick Foles' daughter after the Eagles big win.