Edwin Jackson, a member of the Indianapolis Colts, was tragically killed early Sunday morning in a suspected DUI incident. Jackson, as well as another victim, were having a conversation when a truck struck the two men.
An undrafted linebacker out of Georgia Southern, Jackson had played in all 16 games with 8 starts, recording 66 tackles in 2016 for the Colts. This past season, he was on injured-reserve.
According to the Indiana State Police, by way of the Indy Star, the crash happened shortly before 4 a.m. on Sunday.
Police said Jackson and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe were standing near a stopped vehicle when a pickup truck drove onto the emergency shoulder and struck them both.
“One of the people struck was thrown into the center lane of I-70,” Sgt. John Perrine said in a statement. “Shortly after the crash, and before any 911 calls were received, Trooper Ty Mays was driving through the area and noticed a vehicle in front of him make an evasive maneuver to the left.”
The driver of the vehicle has been identified as 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales. According to police, he tried to escape the scene of the accident on foot.
He has since been apprehended by authorities.
“It is believed Gonsales was intoxicated and was driving without a license,” Perrine said in a statement. “He was transported to the Marion County Jail, the result of the test for intoxication is pending.”
Jackson was only 26.
Our thoughts go out to his family.