Colts' Edwin Jackson Suspect Hit with Felony Charges ... In Fatal Crash


Jeff Monroe was the Uber driver that was killed in the accident that left Colts' player Edwin Jackson dead on Sunday.

Besides the two deportations, Orrego-Savala was convicted of driving under the influence in California in 2005 and has had many other misdemeanor arrests and convictions in California and in, said U.S. Police did not say which victim was struck.

President Donald Trump was "ghoulish and inappropriate" in politicizing a fatal drunken driving crash involving an undocumented immigrant, the in prosecutor overseeing the case said.

Investigators believe Monroe pulled to the side of the road when Jackson became ill, and that Monroe got out of his auto to assist Jackson.

Orrega-Savala, the suspected driver of the F-150, first fled the scene on foot, police say.

Manuel Orrego-Savala, a Guatemalan man, who had been deported twice from the US, rammed his vehicle into Edwin Jackson, 26, and Jeffrey Monroe, 54, while they were standing on the side of an interstate, police said.

Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, is facing charges of failure to remain at the scene of an accident and two counts tied to the drunken driving death.

His attorney, Jorge Torres, told a judge Wednesday morning that Orrego-Savala was distraught and confused by the charges against him, the AP reported.

According to the Indiana State Police, the Sunday crash took place when the 26 year old, Jackson, who was passenger in the vehicle, became sick and the Uber driver, 54 year old Jeffrey Monroe pulled over.

A breath test administered at the crash scene found that Orrego-Savala's blood-alcohol content was 0.239 percent, or almost three times Indiana's legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to a probable cause affidavit. The two more serious counts each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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Detectives said Orrego-Savala is a citizen of Guatemala who is in the United States illegally and was deported twice, in 2007 and 2009. Authorities said Jackson was the passenger for a ride-sharing operator, identified as 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe of Avon, Indiana.

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (Feb 6) sought to use the death of an National Football League player in a auto crash - which police say was caused by an undocumented migrant - to bolster his campaign to tighten border security. "Much of such commentary, including tweets by the President, fails to acknowledge that both Edwin Jackson and Jeffrey Monroe lost their lives on Sunday", he added.

Orrego-Savala was arrested following the crash early Sunday along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis.

Jackson's family planned no response to Trump's tweets about the crash and the suspect's immigration status, according to a family spokesman. "We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both men during this hard time".

"We'll let the politicians do the politics while the family is just going to grieve and circle the wagons and try to heal from this tragic situation", Atlanta attorney Daniel Meachum said Tuesday.

"The defendant in this case allegedly re-entered the country illegally for the second time before he put the public safety of Indianapolis at risk and took the lives of two innocent men early Sunday morning", U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler said in a statement.

Police said that Orrego-Savala, who was using the alias Alex Cabrera Gonsales, was believed to be intoxicated and driving without a license at the time of the collision.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not return calls by IndyStar.

After Orrego-Savala's arrest, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security agent began reviewing his file, according to a criminal complaint. Prosecutors spell his name as "Orrego-Zavala" in charging documents, but his lawyer said his name is spelled Orrego-Savala.