On Super Bowl Sunday, 26-year-old Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson called an Uber to give him a ride. Then he let the driver know he felt sick.

His Uber driver, believed to be 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe, pulled off to the side of the road. According to Fox 59, while standing beside the idling car sitting on the emergency shoulder of I-70 near Indianapolis, a Ford F-150 came barreling at them. He hit the vehicle and both Jackson and the Uber driver.

Edwin Jackson/Instagram

The impact of the collision killed both Jackson and Monroe.

An Indiana State trooper driving down the road discovered the accident. As he slowed to a stop, the trooper admitted to hitting one of the bodies lying in the center lane.

The driver of the truck—who was believed to be intoxicated at the time of the accident—attempted to flee on foot but was eventually apprehended by police.

Jeffrey Monroe

He was later identified as 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala. At the time of his arrest, Orrego-Savala was using the alias, Alex Cabrera Gonsales. As Fox 59 reports, Orrego-Savala was born in Guatemala and was in the United States illegally; he was deported once in 2007 and again in 2009.

Orrego-Savala had a blood alcohol level of 0.239, which is about three times the legal 0.08 limit.

Indiana state police sergeant John Perrine told Fox 59 the man was also charged under his alias last year for driving without a license. Perrine assured the public that they’re doing everything in their power to bring justice for both Jackson and Monroe:

“You know there’s nothing we can do to bring back Mr. Jackson or Mr. Monroe, but we’re going to do everything in our power to make sure the person responsible is held accountable for his actions.”

Two days after the accident, on February 6, President Donald Trump tweeted out his condolences, but not before calling the accident a “preventable tragedy”:

He wrote:

So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed linebacker Edwin Jackson. This is just one of many such preventable tragedies. We must get the Dems to get tough on the Border, and with illegal immigration, FAST! […]

My prayers and best wishes are with the family of Edwin Jackson, a wonderful young man whose life was so senselessly taken.

Fox 59 reports that Indiana Representative Todd Rokita shared the president’s sentiments. He wrote 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.

However, the group Faith in Indiana asked people to dwell on Orrego-Savala’s decision to drive drunk— instead of his legal status.

Manuel Orrego-Savala

The group said in a statement, according to Fox 59:

We are sending our heartfelt condolences to the family of Edwin Jackson. While his death is tragic and certainly untimely, our focus must be on ending drunk-driving, not making this a political issue. The tragedy here is that this young man lost his life due to the negligence of someone who decided to drive under the influence. It was a horrible decision and this decision could have been made by anyone, regardless of legal status. What we should not do is minimize the loss of life by politicizing the driver’s immigration status. Legal status is not the culprit here; drunk driving is. At this time, the only thing we should be focusing on is supporting and loving Mr. Jackson’s family and all families impacted by such a tragic loss of life.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2015, nearly 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. As a result, 10,265 people died that year, which is one-third of all traffic deaths.

As WSAV reported in 2014, Jackson was known early on in his career for giving back. As a college athlete, he was nominated for the Allstate Good Works Team for his work volunteering with the Special Olympics, planning and executing a Football Clinic for youth in Costa Rica, and helping with the Boys and Girls Club.

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