Colts player Edwin Jackson struck, killed by suspected drunk driver on I-70

 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:24 pm    Post subject: Colts player Edwin Jackson struck, killed by suspected drunk driver on I-70

This is so sad

http://cbs4indy.com/2018/02/04/colts-player-edwin-jackson-struck-killed-by-suspected-drunk-driver-on-i-70/

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Colts player Edwin Jackson struck, killed by suspected drunk driver on I-70



INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police say a suspected drunk driver struck and killed two people, including a Colts player, standing along I-70 on the west side of Indianapolis Sunday morning.

A state trooper discovered the wreckage just west of Holt Road shortly before 4 a.m. As the officer slowed to stop for the crash, police say he struck the body of one of the victims in the center lane.

One of victims has been identified as Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, 26, of Atlanta.

It is believed he was a passenger in a ridesharing vehicle like Uber or Lyft, and the driver, Jeffrey Monroe, 54, was also pronounced dead at the scene.

Police believe the victims were standing outside of a passenger car stopped on the side of the interstate when 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales drove a black Ford F-150 onto the emergency shoulder and struck the rear of the car, as well as the victims.

According to police, Gonsales fled the scene on foot, but the trooper who discovered the crash apprehended him shortly after on the ramp to Holt Rd.

Police believe Gonsales was intoxicated and was driving without a license. He was transported to the Marion County Jail. Toxicology results are pending.

Weather is not believed to be a factor in this crash.

All lanes of I-70 westbound were closed at Holt Road as authorities investigated. The interstate has since been reopened.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:59 pm    Post subject:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/4/alex-gonsales-accused-dui-death-colts-edwin-jackso/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

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Mexican immigrant without license accused in DUI death of Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson
Authorities try to deport Alex Cabrera Gonsales


Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, 26, was one of two men killed when a suspected drunken driver struck them as they stood outside their car along a highway in Indianapolis. The Colts said in a statement 

The man accused of killing an NFL player and another man in a DUI-related crash Sunday morning is a Mexican immigrant whom authorities are trying to deport, according to charging documents.

Police say 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales drove a black Ford F-150 pickup truck onto the emergency shoulder along Interstate 70 around 4 a.m. Sunday, plowed into a ride-share vehicle, and killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe of Avon.

Booking documents from the Marion County Jail, which can be searched for at http://inmateinfo.indy.gov/IML and found at case number 1804804, show that Mr. Cabrera Gonsales is an immigrant from Mexico who is subject to deportation.


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.”

Police believe, according to reports first cited in the Indianapolis Star, that Mr. Monroe had pulled over to assist an ill Mr. Jackson.

Mr. Jackson, nicknamed “Pound Cake,” played for the Colts for the past two seasons, winning his roster spot after signing onto the practice squad. His 2017 year was shortened by injury.

“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,” the Colts tweeted on their official account.

The account also retweeted numerous players and coaches and members of the Indianapolis community expressing shock and giving praise to Mr. Jackson.

Although he played football in high school in Atlanta and was also a state-finalist wrestler, Mr. Jackson did not get a football scholarship and first made it onto the football team at Georgia Southern University as a walk-on player.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:12 am    Post subject:

Horrifically sad. And because of who the driver was, instead of focusing on the tragedy, I can see this turning into a political debate among many and the fact that a son, a teammate, a role model, was lost.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:45 am    Post subject:

Praying for his family
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:00 pm    Post subject:

Dude who hit him had been deported. Twice.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:41 pm    Post subject:

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Horrifically sad. And because of who the driver was, instead of focusing on the tragedy, I can see this turning into a political debate among many and the fact that a son, a teammate, a role model, was lost.


It already has locally not surprised though.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:59 pm    Post subject:

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/02/08/edwin-jacksons-family-offers-thanks-for-overwhelming-expressions-of-love/#comments

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Edwin Jackson’s family offers thanks for “overwhelming expressions of love”

Super Bowl Sunday got off to a somber start with the news that Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was dead at 26 after he was hit by a drunk driver while standing on the side of a highway in Indianapolis.

Colts General Manager Chris Ballard offered one of many remembrances of Jackson’s life during a press conference on Wednesday and Jackson’s family offered thanks to all of those who have reached out in the wake of their loss.


“The parents and family of Edwin Jackson would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming expressions of love, condolences, concern, and care during this sudden and tragic loss. We were blessed to have had an amazing son who lived a life that extended respect, love, and genuine concern to everyone. He showed compassion for his community and strived to be an example to kids who looked up to him.

“We have lost a son, a brother, a nephew, and an uncle. The Indianapolis Colts and the National Football League have lost a young and rising star – one who truly loved the game of football, and played it with a passion. We thank the City of Indianapolis for embracing Edwin and treating him as one of their own. We also thank Mr. Irsay and the entire Colts organization for allowing Edwin to fulfill his dream of playing the game that he worked so hard for and loved immensely. We are also grateful for the Georgia Southern University and Westlake High School communities, who supported Edwin along his journey to success.

“While we mourn the loss of an amazing young man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that his life serves as an example to young people around the world that, with a plan and hard work, dreams can come true. As we grieve our loss, we are aware that the family of Mr. Jeffrey Monroe also grieves the loss of their loved one. We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to them during this time.

“In this darkest moment, we choose to remember Edwin for the wonderful things he accomplished in his short time on earth, including the Edwin Jackson 53 Foundation that he started to empower athletes and youth. For those seeking to honor Edwin, we ask that in lieu of flowers and cards you help to keep his legacy alive by contributing to his foundation. To learn more visit www.EdwinJackson53.com.

Monroe’s family has asked that those looking for a way to pay their respects consider giving money to Back On My Feet. The organization works to combat homelessness “through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources.”

Monroe will be laid to rest on Friday in Indianapolis while Jackson’s funeral will be held on Monday in Atlanta.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:13 pm    Post subject:

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Huskers wrote:
Horrifically sad. And because of who the driver was, instead of focusing on the tragedy, I can see this turning into a political debate among many and the fact that a son, a teammate, a role model, was lost.


It already has locally not surprised though.

A fire Trump stoked. If he'd just offered condolences and let it go it would have been fine. He didn't, he politicized it. Centered on illegal aliens. Him and that damn wall.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 3:26 pm    Post subject:

https://www.wthr.com/article/georgia-southern-honors-edwin-jackson-with-posthumous-degree

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Georgia Southern honors Edwin Jackson with posthumous degree

News outlets report Jackson's parents, Wesley and Mary Jackson, were presented with his honorary bachelor of science degree during Saturday's commencement ceremony. Wesley Jackson yelled "Georgia" as they left the stage, and was met by a "Southern" from the crowd.


The 26-year-old and his Uber driver, 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe, were killed in Indiana when authorities say they were struck by 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala. Authorities say Orrego-Savala was living in the U.S. illegally and didn't have a license.

Jackson was an Atlanta native who walked on to Georgia Southern's football team. He was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted rookie in 2015, and joined the Colts later that year.
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