February 5, 2018
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Amidst nationwide celebration after an Eagles Superbowl win the football world has been rocked with sobering news. Indianapolis Colts linebacker, Edwin Jackson, was killed after being hit by a suspected drunk driver.
According to ESPN, Jackson and his ridesharing operator, Jeffery Monroe of Avon, were stopped along the side of I-70 when Monroe got out of the car to help Jackson, who was sick. The driver of a Ford F-150 drove onto the emergency shoulder and hit the rear of the car, striking both Jackson and Monroe, with one of the bodies landing in the center lane of I-70, according to a release from the Indiana State Police.
State trooper Ty Mays, who was in the area, reported to the scene after seeing the accident on the side of the road. In the process of slowing down, he hit the body of the victim who was in the center lane.
Yesterday the Colts sent out an official tweet with their condolences and their love for the player. See the tweet below.
It is with a heavy heart that we share the loss of one of our own.
Edwin Jackson always brought a smile to our locker room and the community. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) February 4, 2018
Monroe and Jackson were pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County Coroner’s Office. Monroe was 54; Jackson was 26.
Alex Cabrera Gonsales, 37, of Indianapolis, was arrested after trying to flee the scene on foot, according to the Indiana State Police. Gonsales was driving without a license and was believed to be intoxicated, according to police as reported by ESPN.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jackson family.