National Football League player Edwin Jackson killed by suspected drunk driver

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The Colts on Sunday announced the passing of linebacker Edwin Jackson.

That season Jackson was the team's third-leading tackler, but he suffered a season-ending injury during the 2017 preseason so he spent the year rehabilitating. The inside linebacker started eight of the 16 games he played in during the 2016 season. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jackson's family and friends in this tough time.

The force said a preliminary investigation found 26-year-old Jackson, who played for the Indianapolis Colts, and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe had been standing outside of a stopped auto on the emergency shoulder of the I-70 highway when another vehicle went into the rear of Monroe's auto and struck the pair. Edwin Jackson, 26, is dead, along with Jeffrey Monroe, 54.

Police believe Jackson was using a ride sharing service around 4:00 a.m. when he became ill and his driver pulled to the side of the road on I-70.

"It is with a heavy heart that we share the loss of one of our own", the team wrote. Monroe pulled over to the side of the highway and got out to help Jackson when both were struck by a pickup truck that also hit Monroe's auto, police said. Edwin Jackson always brought a smile to our locker room and the community.

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'One of the people struck was thrown into the center lane of I-70, ' Sgt. John Perrine said in a statement. ISP says before any 911 calls about the wreck were received, Trooper Ty Mays saw a vehicle make an evasive move to the left.

The suspected drunk driver, Alex Cabrera Gonsales, 37, ran from the scene but was arrested by police trying to escape up an exit ramp. Mays then spotted the wreckage along the right side of the road and activated his emergency lights. Gonsales tried to flee the scene on foot but was later apprehended by police and transported to a local jail.

"It is believed Gonsales was intoxicated and was driving without a license", Perrine said in a statement. While slowing to stop for the crash, he struck the body of the victim in the center lane. "Edwin exemplified the qualities of a Georgia Southern student-athlete and he will be missed dearly", Georgia Southern athletic director Tom Kleinlein said in a statement.

Jackson was a high school football star and state-championship-finalist wrestler in Atlanta.

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