26 year-old Atlanta native Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver were killed early Sunday morning by a suspected drunk driver in Indiana.
Jackson, a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, was a passenger in 54 year-old Jeffery Monroe’s vehicle when he became ill and Monroe pulled over on the side of the interstate.
Both men were outside the vehicle when a pickup truck veered into the emergency shoulder, hitting the two.
The crashed threw one of the victims into the center lane of the interstate where he was hit again by a responding police officer, police say.
According to authorities, Jackson and Monroe died at the scene.
The driver of the pickup truck was identified as 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala. After the accident, Orrego-Savala fled the scene on foot and was later detained by police.
Police say, he was driving without a license with a blood-alcohol level (BAC) of .239%, 3-times the legal limit in the state of Indiana.
According to authorities, Orrego-Savala is an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala who was been previously deported twice.
He has been charged with two counts of causing death while operating a vehicle above the legal alcohol limit, two counts of failing to remain at the scene of an accident, and illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien in federal court.
President Donald Trump took to twitter to weigh in on the event.
One of highest priorities on Trump’s Presidential agenda is securing the boarder and he is currently asking congress for funds to build a wall along the US-Mexico boarder.
Many suggest that President is using the death of Jackson to make a political statement, notably because Trump has been publicly critical of NFL players throughout the season for kneeling during the National anthem.
Jackson’s current and former teammates took to social media to send their condolences.
Jackson attended Westlake High School in Atlanta and was a walk-on football player at Georgia Southern. The Arizona Cardinals signed Jackson as an undrafted free agent in 2015.
He was later signed to the Indianapolis Colts where in 2016 he played in all 16 games recording 66 tackles.
According to reports, Colts owner Jim Irsay is expected to cover funeral expenses for both Jackson and Jeffrey Monroe.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.