Indy Colts linebacker Jackson killed by illegal immigrant, police believe

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson. (Screen capture, YouTube, CBSN)

A Fox News affiliate in Indianapolis is reporting that the suspected drunk driver who allegedly killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and another man early Sunday is in the country illegally, and had been deported twice before.

The man who died with Jackson is identified as Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe, 54. The suspect was identified as Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, a Guatemalan national who was reportedly deported in 2007 and again in 2009, according to Indiana State Police.

If the allegations are correct, this could add fuel to the debate over immigration that is contributing to a fury against President Donald Trump and his administration’s effort to build a wall along the southern border.

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A new Rasmussen Poll released Monday revealed that 52 percent of likely voters “favor a proposal that would create a pathway to citizenship for those brought to this country illegally when they were children, build a wall on the Mexican border and change legal immigration to a more merit-based system.” However, 32 percent oppose a plan with those elements, Rasmussen noted, and 16 percent are undecided.

Jackson, 26, and Monroe were apparently standing outside of a passenger car when the vehicle, and the two men, were struck by a Ford F-150 driven by Orrego-Savala. The suspect was reportedly using the alias Alex Cabrera Gonsales, and he did not have a driver’s license. Published reports say he is “believed to have a blood alcohol level of .15 at the time of the crash.” CFL checked with the Indiana State Police and confirmed that the blood alcohol level of presumed intoxication is .08 in that state.

Published reports say Orrego-Savala fled from the accident scene but was apprehended “shortly thereafter by the responding officer.” He was taken to the Marion County Jail, and WXIN, the Fox affiliate, reported that state police investigators are working with federal immigration authorities and have “placed a hold on” the suspect.

Jackson had been on the Injured Reserve roster since the beginning of the 2017 season, but had played in every game during the 2016 Colts season. He lived in Atlanta.

According to Fox News, it isn’t clear when the suspect re-entered the U.S., “but Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine (said) that Orrego-Savala has used the Gonsales alias enough times ‘to create a paper trail.’”

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