Immigrant suspected in National Football League player's death had been deported

Posted February 10, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Prosecutors filed felony charges on Wednesday against an immigrant illegally living in the United States who is suspected in a drunken-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and an Uber driver in Indiana.

Indiana State Police say early Sunday morning, Orrego-Savala crashed a pickup truck into two men stopped on in the emergency shoulder on I-70.

(WRTV6 via AP) 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.

Orrego-Savala was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in October 2006, and deported to Guatemala in January 2007, according to a federal criminal complaint.

Orrego-Savala attempted to flee the scene of the accident on foot, but he was immediately apprehended by Indiana State Police and is now being held in county jail.

The 26-year-old Jackson and Monroe were standing outside the Uber vehicle after the National Football League player became ill. The Georgia Southern product had 61 tackles and two sacks and started eight games in 2016 for the Colts. "It's a tragedy. It's a police investigation story", said Clare Corado, who leads the in immigration law unit.

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Orrego-Savala is next scheduled to appear in Marion Superior Court on Wednesday morning for an initial hearing. Orrega-Savala has a 2005 conviction for DUI.

The Indianapolis Colts released a statement on Jackson's death, saying, "We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson's passing".

President Donald Trump referenced the Sunday death of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson while calling on Democrats for a stricter stance on immigration on Tuesday.

Both men were standing outside the vehicle when a black Ford F-150 pickup truck drove onto the emergency shoulder and struck them.

Colts owner Jim Irsay has offered to pay for both Jackson and Monroe's funerals, the team's chief operating officer, Pete Ward, said. The two most serious counts each carry maximum sentences of up to 20 years in prison.

Orrego-Savala will remain in custody while Indiana State Police and the Marion County prosecutor's office continues their investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

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"We have got to be able to enforce who comes in and out of our country", said Rokita.

Trump went on to offer condolences to Jackson's family, and called him a "wonderful young man".

Tuesday that past year Orrego-Savala, under the name Alex Cabrera-Gonsales, had been charged with and pleaded guilty to driving without ever having received a license.

Police said Orrego-Savala was the driver of the F-150.

Jackson's friend Chad Bouchez said he would not want his death to be politicized.

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