Suspected Drunken Driver Kills NFL Player

Edwin Jackson, 26, played for the Indianapolis Colts
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2018 3:18 PM CST
NFL Player Killed by Suspected Drunken Driver
Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Edwin Jackson (53) celebrates after making a tackle in 2016.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – Some awful NFL news on Super Bowl Sunday: A suspected drunken driver struck and killed Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson and another man about 4am, police say. Edwin Jackson, 26, is dead, along with Jeffrey Monroe, 54. Police say both men were standing by a car on the side of I-70 in Indianapolis when a black pickup truck drove onto the shoulder and hit them, reports Fox59. Police say the pickup driver, identified as 37-year-old Alex Gonsales, fled the scene on foot but was quickly arrested by a state trooper.

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Investigators say Monroe drove for a ride-sharing company such as Uber or Lyft and had picked up Jackson prior to the accident. Police think Jackson had asked Monroe to pull over because he felt sick, reports the Indianapolis Star. The Colts issued a statement saying they were "heartbroken" at the news about the player nicknamed Pound Cake. "We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit and hard-working mentality," says the statement. "He was well-respected among all with whom he crossed paths." Jackson was an inside linebacker who played every game for the Colts in 2016, starting eight of them, but he had been on injured reserve for the 2017 season. (Read more Indianapolis Colts stories.)

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