Man Who Killed NFL Player in Car Crash Is a Twice-Deported Illegal Immigrant

Posted: Feb 06, 2018 9:00 AM
Man Who Killed NFL Player in Car Crash Is a Twice-Deported Illegal Immigrant

The drunk driver who’s suspected of killing Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson is an illegal immigrant who was already deported twice.

According to authorities, Jackson, 26, was driving with Jeffrey Monroe, 54, when he became ill and the two men pulled over to the side of the highway. They were outside of their car when the suspect, Manual Orrego-Savala, plowed into both men in the emergency lane with his Ford F-150. 

One of the victims was thrown into the center lane of the interstate, police said. That victim was also hit by a state police trooper arriving at the scene, police said.

The suspect, Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, fled on foot and was later apprehended, police said. He was arrested and is being held in the Marion County Jail. Charges are pending.

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

He is a citizen of Guatemala and is allegedly in the United States illegally, police said, adding that he was previously deported in 2007 and 2009. (ABC)

"State police investigators are working with U.S. Federal Immigration Officials and they have placed a hold on Orrego-Savala," police said.

This photo provided by the Indiana State Police shows, Manuel Orrego-Savala, a citizen of Guatemala, who is be held in a suspected drunken driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis. Police say that Orrego-Savala, who gave a fake name following the Sunday accident, has twice been deported from the U.S. (Indiana State Police via AP).

"Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization," the Colts said in a statement. "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."

"We also understand that another person lost his life in the accident, only adding to our sorrow on this day," the statement continued. "We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both men during this difficult time."

President Trump also commented on Jackson's death Tuesday, writing on Twitter that it was another "preventable tragedy."

"So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson. This is just one of many such preventable tragedies. We must get the Dems to get tough on the Border, and with illegal immigration, FAST!" he wrote. "My prayers and best wishes are with the family of Edwin Jackson, a wonderful young man whose life was so senselessly taken. @Colts