Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson died after he was involved in a car accident the morning of the Super Bowl. The suspected drunk driver involved is an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who has been deported twice, according to Indiana State Police. Local police identified the driver as Manuel Orrego-Savala, who was deported in 2007 and 2009. Police said in a statement:
“State police investigators are working with U.S. Federal Immigration Officials and they have placed a hold on Orrego-Savala.”
Jeffrey Monroe was believed to have been the Uber driver, with Jackson as a passenger, when the car was hit and both men killed at 4 a.m. on Interstate 70 in Indiana. FOX59 reports that Jackson was sick and the driver pulled over to the shoulder of the highway when they were struck by Orrego-Savala. Additionally, a state trooper responding to the accident hit one of the victims in the center lane when he slowed down to investigate.
Orrego-Savala fled the scene but was later arrested, giving police the alias of Alex Cabrera Gonsales. The man was found to be driving without a license with a blood alcohol level of 0.239 at the time of the crash, according to The Indianapolis Star.
In response to Jackson’s death, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted:
“I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Indianapolis @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson. This was a senseless & avoidable tragedy. This is a great loss for the entire Indiana community. My prayers are with his family in their time of grief.”
Additionally, Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., said in a statement: “The loss of life at the hands of illegal immigrant criminals should make all Hoosiers sad and ultimately angry. We must do more to get these dangerous illegal immigrant criminals off of our streets, and guarantee this never happens again by building a wall, ending sanctuary cities, and stopping illegal immigration once and for all.”
Orrego-Savala is currently being held at the Marion County Jail.
Those weighing in with comments on the Fox News coverage of the tragedy had plenty to say, with one person pointing out: “It’s disgraceful that a young life was taken by a drunk – regardless of whether he was illegal or not.” Another commenter responded: “You are missing the entire point. We have too many Americans driving drunk. Like we really need illegals who was UNLICENSED as well? Get real.”
Still another commenter pointed out the following: “Again, this is not the kind of guy Democrats are defending. DACA kids who were brought here as children, yes. Some people who have lived here 20 and 30 years, raising families and contributing to their communities should be given some type of legal status. This guy had already been deported twice (one while Obama was president). In fact, since Trump took office, it seems like there’s LESS of an effort by ICE to get guys like this and deport them and more of an effort to get people who haven’t caused any trouble. That’s a problem. Concentrate on criminals and repeat offenders first.”